August 24, 2010

Malware May Have Caused 2008 Plane Crash


While this isn’t real­ly gam­ing relat­ed, Mal­ware makes a big impact on the mod­ern com­put­er world and this real­ly goes to show how dev­as­tat­ing Mal­ware can be. 
Author­i­ties inves­ti­gat­ing the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have dis­cov­ered a cen­tral com­put­er sys­tem used to mon­i­tor tech­ni­cal prob­lems in the air­craft was infect­ed with Mal­ware.
An inter­nal report issued by the air­line revealed the infect­ed com­put­er failed to detect three tech­ni­cal prob­lems with the air­craft, which if detect­ed, may have pre­vent­ed the plane from tak­ing off, accord­ing to reports in the Span­ish news­pa­per, El Pais.
The flight of 172 crashed short­ly after take off and left only 18 sur­vivors putting the death toll at 154 pas­sen­gers. 
The infec­tion could of entered the plane in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways include to a VPN con­nec­tion, USB dri­ve or an infect­ed file already on the sys­tem.  It only takes one file to infect and com­pro­mise the sys­tem and if their aren’t stan­dards set in place to pre­vent this type of attack it’s like­ly to hap­pen again. 
“Any com­put­er that is con­nect­ed to a net­work is vul­ner­a­ble to a mal­ware infec­tion,” O. Sami Say­d­jari, pres­i­dent of Cyber Defense Agency, told Tech­News­Dai­ly. “Stan­dards have not been set to pro­tect crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture.”
This type of devel­op­ment is going to make me a lit­tle more para­noid when I hap­pen to fly on occa­sion.  In a world that is increas­ing­ly depen­dent if not entire­ly depen­dent on com­put­er sys­tems is this type of inci­dent like­ly to repeat itself?  This type of attack could take ter­ror­ism to a whole new lev­el if all the indi­vid­ual has to do is infect the cen­tral com­put­er sys­tem with a USB dri­ve.

2 comments

  1. thsoundman - August 24, 2010 2:13 pm

    Scarey to think that a small mal­ware infec­tion could pos­si­bly bring down a plane. I’ll nev­er look at fly­ing the same way. I’ve nev­er seen planes like this before and this scares me.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - August 27, 2010 8:28 am

    well just think that in the near pos­si­ble future if new com­put­ers using bio­log­i­cal com­ponets become main­stream that puts get­ting a virus to a new lev­el! you could actu­al­ly get a com­put­er virus your­self?!

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