TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Customs Computer Virus Strands Passengers

Re: Customs Computer Virus Strands Passengers

David Clayton (
Sat, 20 Aug 2005 10:03:33 +1000

On Fri, 19 Aug 2005 13:23:34 -0500, Lisa Orkwin Emmanuel wrote:

> By LISA ORKIN EMMANUEL, Associated Press Writer

> Travelers arriving in the United States from abroad were stuck in long
> lines at airports nationwide when a virus shut down an U.S. Customs and
> Border Protection computer system for several hours, officials said.

How long until some custom-written "virus" is written to erase (or
alter) the records of the sort of people that these systems are
supposed to identify?

With so many obvious holes and vulnerabilities in these systems that
governments are purporting to use to protect the people from terrorism
etc., one wonders if it truly is one big con-job given the "bad guys"
could infiltrate a lot of these systems if they truly desired to?


David Clayton, e-mail:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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