Benjamin Franklin said “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Those words are even more true today.
Too often when we hear about security, it is in the context of the NSA and other agencies forcing manufacturers to install “backdoors” on the computers they sell to you so they can spy on you. Unfortunately, introducing any backdoor into a computer system makes it less secure. It is like there is a master key that can open the front door of every home. Of course that key is going to fall into the wrong hands.
On the other hand, there is not enough work done on how to make computer systems more secure. Which brings us to our current story.
A cybersecurity researcher was able to repeatedly hack into the computer systems of airplanes while he was aboard flights.
Lucky for us, he announced what he was able to carry out rather than doing anything malicious. Unfortunately, the US tends to treat security researchers like criminals. So instead of helping us make our systems more secure, they are effectively muzzled.