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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 Chocobollz on 8/25/2010 4:14:27 AM , Rating: 0
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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.

And you're also an IT Admin right? (judging by your talk about servers) So, that tells a lot about you.

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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.

LOL Anyone can plug any USB devices on your server? So you allow anyone to access your server? Really? LOL, just LOL. That's basically what a hacker wants, and you're giving it to them for free in the first place. If you allow a hacker to enter the server room, than I'd say, plugging a USB device will be the least thing they would do. Talking about stupidity...

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I secured it so tight that they can run any USB device they want, the virus will not have access to anything.

Seriously, if you think your system is flawless, then there's something wrong with your brain. There'll be always someone smarter than you out there. And the only thing you should ever hope that you're not their target.


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