Hackers can easily spoof "ghost" aircraft into the sky. As a pilot and cybersecurity researcher, I developed a device called Fly Catcher to detect instances of aircraft spoofing on ADS-B 🛫. I also flew it on a plane over the coast of Los Angeles 🌴.
Fly Catcher monitors the ADS-B 1090MHz frequency to detect spoofed aircraft by ground-based hackers using a custom neural network 📡.
The device consists of a 1090MHz antenna, FlightAware SDR, and a Raspberry Pi, and scans nearby ADS-B messages and runs them through a neural network to detect fake aircraft transmitted by bad actors ⚡️.