Hackers have hijacked a variety of computer systems and programs to take over computers and other devices, including cars, the Internet, and airplanes, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
They’ve used “reverse-engineering” techniques, hacking to gain access to a computer, and other methods to break into the systems, DHS said in a report released Tuesday.
The hacker group, called Nitro, said in the report that it uses such techniques to take control of devices on a range of different devices.
The group is believed to have gained access to the computer systems of more than a dozen U.K. airports and other U.A.E. airports, including London’s Heathrow and Birmingham’s Stansted.
Nitro says it has targeted planes, airplanes, and helicopters as well as cars, trucks, and boats.
The hackers say they are willing to use many methods to gain unauthorized access to these systems, including physical hacking.
A spokeswoman for Nitro declined to comment on the report’s contents.
The DHS report did not specify the nature of the vulnerabilities it said Nitro had exploited.