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Aug 23 2010   6:32PM GMT

Investigation indicates trojan contributed to 2008 Spainair crash

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

El Pais reports that a Spainair computer which tracks airplane maintenance and problem issues was infected by malicious software (trojans) that prevented it from operating properly. The computer should alarm when three failures happen on particular or related components. In this case, the trojan malware caused the computer to run so slowly that maintenance technicians were unable to file reports. So, maybe lack of speed can kill too!

This keeps us support folks ever mindful of maintaining robust secure systems that are capable of doing the required job. I wonder how much attention the IT support staff at Spainair will have now that this report has been released.

What do you think should happen to the IT support staff? How do US airlines handle client computer security to prevent a similar event from happening? Leave your comments for other ITKE readers. Thanks for reading & let’s continue to be good network citizens!

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