corrupted USB stick contributed to Spain's worst air disaster on
record, according to a 12,000-page report cited by the Spanish
was initially believed that the crash of Flight 5022 that killed 154
people in 2008 was the result of pilot error, but investigators have
now concluded that a computer infection spread through an infected
USB stick may have contributed to the crash. Investigators speculate
that trojan malware may
have slowed down system alerts at the airline's headquarters which could have canceled or delayed
the doomed flight. The report indicates that the computer
failed to detect three problems (including one issue with the airplane's wing flaps being in the incorrect position for takeoff) in a fail-safe monitoring system and
that those problems were brought on by a malicious program that came
from the USB thumb drive. Spanair has been ordered by a
judge to provide all of the company's computer logs from the days
before and after the crash. A final report from crash
investigators is expected by December.One expert warns that
with continued use of flash drives and other third party devices in
systems like these, this type of tragedy could happen again.Senior
manager of security research at Arbor Networks, Jose Nazario, said
that many USB thumb
drive attacks take advantage of security weaknesses in Windows auto
run, a basic component built into the Windows operating
system."Think about how many USB
sticks you have. You're probably under counting. Everyone does,"
said Nazario. "Now think about how many sticks in the past
month your laptop has used, and think about how many other systems
you have used your USB sticks on. This is like those classic HIV
commercials, where you're with everyone that person has been with
quote: Even if it was under domain, if those malware/virus is using windows vulnerability/bug it still by pass those restriction.
quote: Thats because most stupid "so called IT administrators" don't know wtf they're doing. They just can't lock the computers down for shit.
quote: I use Windows server for all my servers, anybody can bring any Cd/USB/drive/whatever and try to see if any of the USB port would run anything.
quote: I secured it so tight that they can run any USB device they want, the virus will not have access to anything.
quote: but in any case, malware or not, take-off with no flaps was pretty much impossible. There is a Take-off configuration warning that i supposed to sound in the cockpit when something like this happens, maybe the breaker was pulled?
quote: The report says a malicious program precipitated failures in a fail-safe monitoring system at the airline's headquarters in Palma de Mallorca. The system was slow in sending out alerts that might have led to delaying or canceling the departure.
quote: The report indicates that the computer failed to detect three problems (including one issue with the airplane's wing flaps being in the incorrect position for takeoff) in a fail-safe monitoring system and that those problems were brought on by a malicious program that came from the USB thumb drive.
quote: One expert warns that with continued use of flash drives and other third party devices in systems like these, this type of tragedy could happen again.
quote: also if the computers so slow that a single virus causes a huge slowdown, I think its time to upgrade