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 theRead more…

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