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(In)Security in the Air

March 28, 2017

File_000 (1)I recently did a round trip on Delta – short domestic flights on Airbus A320. Both flights had WiFi from gogoinflight. You can use the WiFi for free for in-flight entertainment and flight information, or pay for Internet access.

I was somewhat surprised to see that even connected just for the free services a scan from my iPad (Fing) appeared to reveal the manufacturer and MAC address of ¬†every connected device on the plane. For some devices it also revealed the owner’s name. All manner of hacking was, at least theoretically, available to anyone so inclined. I tried it on both legs of the trip, same results.

I also tested in my hotel, to confirm this was not expected behavior. A scan there, on the hotel’s free WiFi, revealed only my own device and the router.

Just thought folks might want to be aware of this potential exposure.

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