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  (Source: travelbrook.com)
Report links flash drive to Flight 5022

A corrupted USB stick contributed to Spain's worst air disaster on record, according to a 12,000-page report cited by the Spanish newspaper El Pais and USA Today.

It 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 before."

 



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RE: First Question
By MrFord on 8/24/2010 4:09:58 PM , Rating: 2
The main crash cause was attempting takeoff without flaps. It is doable, but you most likely will end up running out of runway or exceed rated tire speed limit.

In that case, they tried to rotate at the calculated Vr for a properly configured take-off and ended up stalling as soon as they lost ground effect.

The whole malware on the computer thing is just a monitoring computer for dispatch that would've alerted them that something wasn't normal with the plane at that point, and with the previous 2 aborted take-off, it would've raised a flag.

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?


RE: First Question
By leexgx on 8/25/2010 7:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
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?


but the computer most likely issued that warning, computer fail no warning


RE: First Question
By leexgx on 8/25/2010 7:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
ok its DT been gay with its Wording again of the article, Virus was not on the plane was in the monitoring systems


RE: First Question
By drycrust3 on 8/27/2010 5:11:47 PM , Rating: 2
From the sounds of it, it sounds like the plane's avionics required computers that weren't on the plane to do anything. Maybe the problem wasn't so much the virus but the link between the computers and the plane.


RE: First Question
By AntDX316 on 8/28/2010 1:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
it's like playing on a computer game online where you have hacks and scripts to run, once admins and the game developers see what is happening, they implement measures to prevent and deny hacks from using the same method, games and operating systems rn't designed to think out what loopholes could happen until they happen, it's like learning new advanced math in school when you only know kindergarten math then you find out you can make fomulas and other things with advanced math like calculus, once u learn calculus u know how to fix and what is wrong because u know how it works, until then u cannot fix it or make preventive measures unless u have people on the job to create problems and find ways to fix but that cost money and the government won't spend unless its absolutely necessary, they will just say don't plug USB things into the computer if they do and they r caught on camera they will be jailed


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