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Drones in restricted area divert planes fighting wildfire

Wildfire grew as drones got in the way of planes with fire retardant

Air drops were aborted as a DC-10 and two smaller planes were forced back from the fire, costing the US Forest Service more than $10,000.

Could a hacker *really* bring down a plane from a mobile phone in seat 12C?

A recent document about Air Traffic Control from the US Government Accountability Office has caused quite a stir.

Could a passenger get the plane to do a barrel roll without even turning off the in-flight movie?

New rules on drones and aerial surveillance issued by FAA, White House

FAA, White House issue rules on drones and aerial surveillance

Proposed FAA rules would prohibit flying drones out of eyesight, at night, or over people, while the president has ordered federal agencies to be transparent about data collection and to respect privacy.

European airlines to allow gadget use during take-off and landing

European airlines to allow gadget use during take-off and landing

European travellers will soon be able to use their personal electronic devices (PEDs) for the entire duration of their flights following a new ruling from Europe's air safety agency.

SSCC 107 - Hostgator, Safari, Java, pwning planes with Android, and Facebook Home [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode in the popular "Chet Chat" series.

Join Chet and Duck as they discuss what we can learn from recent security news in this quarter-hour podcast.

FAA and security researchers at odds over airplane hack security

Airplane. Image from Shutterstock

The avionics bigwigs FAA and EASA have said "bunk!" to a researcher's claims that his new Android app could potentially hack planes.

OK, says fellow plane hacker "Renderman," if that's true, there's no harm in giving public access to your test labs, now is there?

Ridiculously redacted interpretation of FISA snooping law released

Ridiculously redacted interpretation of FISA snooping law released

US privacy organization EFF invites you to click on thumbnails of the summaries it managed to pry out of the government, but let's save your finger muscles the workout with this summaries summary: ------------------------------.

Ban on in-flight gadget use: based on fear or evidence?

Ban on in-flight gadget use: based on fear or evidence?

A recent poll shows that people use their electronic devices on planes, RF interference be damned. Is the lack of planes dropping like shot ducks proof that the ban is illogical, or is electromagnetic emissions pollution more subtle and intermittent than that?

SSCC 85 - FAA, Carberp arrests, RDP vulnerability and first HITECH fine

SSCC 85 - FFA, Carberp arrests, RDP vulnerability and first HITECH fine

In this week's episode John Shier joins Chet to discuss the review of electronic device usage on airplanes by the FAA, the arrests of the Carberp malware authors, the worm danger from the MS12-020 RDP vulberability and whether the time has come for encrypting more than just laptops and USB drives.

Want to use your gadgets at takeoff and landing? US FAA to review policy

Want to use your gadgets at take-off and landing? US FAA to review policy

It doesn't quite stretch to smartphones yet, but the US Federal Aviation Administration has announced they're going to take a "fresh look" at using personal devices such as e-readers and tablets during takeoff on planes.