Hackfest 2023 - Back to the Future

Uncharted Territory: The Art of Hacking Transportation - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
2023-10-14, 15:30–16:20, Track #2

The transportation industry is a critical component of modern society, and it heavily relies on technology to function effectively. However, with the increasing use of interconnected systems and the internet of things (IoT) in transportation, the industry has become a prime target for cybercriminals. In this presentation, we will explore the uncharted territory of hacking transportation and the potential dangers that come with it.

The presentation will start with an overview of the transportation industry's current state and the different technologies used in planes, trains, and automobiles. We will then dive into the potential vulnerabilities of these technologies and the risks associated with them. We will also discuss some of the recent transportation cyber attacks, such as the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, and the impact they have on society.

Next, we will demonstrate the art of hacking transportation by showcasing some of the most common attack techniques used by cybercriminals. We will highlight the importance of social engineering and physical security in gaining access to critical transportation systems. We will also explore some of the potential outcomes of successful attacks, such as compromising safety systems, disrupting transportation operations, or even causing physical harm to passengers and other citizens


The session on "Uncharted Territory: The Art of Hacking Transportation - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the vulnerabilities and potential risks associated with the transportation industry. By exploring the art of hacking transportation, attendees will learn about the various techniques used by cybercriminals to gain access to critical transportation systems.

The session will highlight the importance of identifying potential vulnerabilities, both in hardware and software, and discuss some of the most common attack techniques used by cybercriminals. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of physical security and the need for effective employee education to prevent successful attacks.

In addition to identifying potential risks, the session will provide attendees with practical strategies and techniques that can be implemented to mitigate the risks. This will include discussions on the importance of regular risk assessments, the role of employee education, and the need for a collaborative approach between transportation companies and cybersecurity experts.

Ultimately, attendees will leave the session with a better understanding of the potential dangers associated with transportation systems and the importance of maintaining a robust cybersecurity posture. They will be equipped with practical knowledge and strategies that can be applied to help secure critical transportation systems and prevent cyber-attacks that could have serious and far-reaching consequences.


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