25 August 2010

Spanair flight 5022 - the Trojan that killed 154 people

This news strangely (or not) didn't make many headlines.

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.

Flight 5022 crashed just after takeoff from Madrid-Barajas International Airport two years ago today [August 20] , killing 154 and leaving only 18 survivors.
It's easy to see why airlines and airplane builders wouldn't want that kind of news to spread. And there is another article, linked from the above one.
Modern malware uses a variety of methods to conceal itself. As a result, even the most advanced antivirus software only detects between 40 and 70 percent of infections, said Danny Quist, a malware specialist and founder of Offensive Computing, LLC.
Quite bleak, isn't it?