On Aug 23, 2010, at 11:50 30AM, John Levine wrote:

>>> "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...."
>>> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38790670/ns/technology_and_science-security/?gt1=43001
> This was very poorly reported.  The malware was on a ground system that
> wouldn't have provided realtime warnings of the configuration problem
> that caused the plane to crash anyway.

And the articles I've seen do not say that the problem caused the crash.  
Rather, they say that a particular, important computer was infected with 
malware; I saw no language (including in the Google translation of the original 
article at 
 though the translation has some crucial infelicities) that said "because of 
the malware, bad things happened.  It may be like the reactor computer with a 
virus during a large blackout -- yes, the computer was infected, but that 
wasn't what caused the problem.

                --Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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