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Marussia Bahrain F1 test disrupted by computer virus


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Poll: Computer virus halts Marussia test! (78 member(s) have cast votes)

What the hell happened, exactly?

  1. Things were a bit lonely in Bahrain and someone watched too much porn in the wrong computers (27 votes [34.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.62%

  2. Industrial sabotage! Caterham developed and planted a trojan on purpose in there! (8 votes [10.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.26%

  3. They've got Windows XP SP1 running in there and caught the Blaster (17 votes [21.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.79%

  4. When installing the Ferrari engine software they forgot to untick the "Install MegaCool Toolbar" box (26 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

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#1 noikeee

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:26

Computer virus halts F1 team test!

 

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/112630

 

Well that's an all-time first! At least that we know of. I think this incident deserves a thread just for the lolz. What the hell happened in Bahrain? Are these computers even plugged in to any public network, you'd think not? Someone plugged in the wrong USB drive? Or floppy disk? (no doubt Marussia are a bit behind in tech...)


Edited by noikeee, 24 February 2014 - 12:27.


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#2 turssi

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:29

I bet the racing director executed a format c:\ and then a 'vĂ­rus' was needed to take the flak!

#3 OvDrone

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:30

It's definitely porn. It always is.



#4 bogi

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 12:34

Meanwhile at Marussia,

 



#5 HaydenFan

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 13:11

It's censored in the UK, so I guess they needed to download it all before going home. 



#6 ExFlagMan

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 13:21

It's always a virus, never your programming error - well that was what most of my fellow software engineers claimed.

#7 dau

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 13:39

Maybe Ferrari can lend them some Kaspersky engineers?



#8 RoutariEnjinu

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 13:46

Where's the option for USF1/Ford lobbying the US Government with enough cash to buy the services of the NSA in order to spy and gather information on Formula 1 technology, and the NSA intern given that job picked Marussia first because it had Russia in the name.

#9 RoutariEnjinu

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 14:03

It's definitely porn. It always is.


The amount of times I've fixed my bosses PC, and all he's all 'Why didn't AVG catch it? I only really ever use the BBC and Google'. No, you don't.
I've run without anti-virus for years at work and only MSBlast caught me out, and that was fixed manually about four hours before our Sophos anti-virus package had an update to deal with it. There is far more to be said for using a work PC for work, and using reputable websites, than there is for installing anti-virus and thinking you're invincible.

Every single virus infested PC that ever comes here from a customer has fully up-to-date anti-virus software on it, along with a load of toolbars and 'smiley' emoticon packages, and a customer that opened an attachment in a zip file because the email said to, even though the email client warned them not to.

My money is on porn/stupidity too.

#10 Disgrace

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 14:18

At least they haven't used the term "hacked" to explain it, the new way to justify why you gave your ex your password before they took over your Facebook account.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 17:07

The team funding strategy "moneypak virus" they co-developed with the bratva, came back to haunt them when someone on the team was searching "x-rayed burkas".

#12 SonnyViceR

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 18:50

Where's the option "we wish this was caused by porn, but unfortunately we came up with this excuse to to cover up our dog of a car"



#13 Afterburner

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 00:26

I think they were searching for porn with the XP SP1 version of the Ferrari MegaCool Toolbar and ended up on a fake porn site operated by Caterham, coded with the Blaster virus. :p

#14 Marc Sproule

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:00

maybe now they will start using macs.

 

:eek: :eek: :eek:



#15 4L3X

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:10

maybe now they will start using macs.

 

:eek: :eek: :eek:

 

 

Yeah, with the SSL security flaw embeded in for which there's no solution yet.  Good move!



#16 garagetinkerer

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:25

Yeah, with the SSL security flaw embeded in for which there's no solution yet.  Good move!

Steve Jobs is telling you from his grave, that Macs are cooler! (does anyone remember those moronic ads). A very good friend of mine, after a lot of imploring could come up with this: "must buy apple, as it is cool!" I mean, i wouldn't blame you if you didn't guess him to be a MS (in computer science, no less!)

 

By the by, this flaw is such an epic fail, double facepalm wouldn't even begin to surmise this flaw. When i read it, i was just thanking myself for avoiding mac(peer pressure from friends with more money than sense (when it comes to computing at the least).

 

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On topic! :rotfl:  Just when you want to root for teams at the other end, they tell you why you would be better off not to. :stoned:

 

Could be just as simple as dropping a laptop, or tea/ coffee spill, with no backups. That dumbassery is pretty common too. In my opinion, this is what happened, and nothing so glorious as sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll!


Edited by garagetinkerer, 25 February 2014 - 05:28.


#17 tifosiMac

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:58

It's censored in the UK, so I guess they needed to download it all before going home. 

Its only censored for those who wish it to be....... Not that I have any experience whatsoever in this field :p



#18 pdac

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:36

Its only censored for those who wish it to be....... Not that I have any experience whatsoever in this field :p

 

I'm sure GCHQ will be able to verify that statement for you.



#19 Clatter

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:58

The amount of times I've fixed my bosses PC, and all he's all 'Why didn't AVG catch it? I only really ever use the BBC and Google'. No, you don't.
I've run without anti-virus for years at work and only MSBlast caught me out, and that was fixed manually about four hours before our Sophos anti-virus package had an update to deal with it. There is far more to be said for using a work PC for work, and using reputable websites, than there is for installing anti-virus and thinking you're invincible.

Every single virus infested PC that ever comes here from a customer has fully up-to-date anti-virus software on it, along with a load of toolbars and 'smiley' emoticon packages, and a customer that opened an attachment in a zip file because the email said to, even though the email client warned them not to.

My money is on porn/stupidity too.

Many people have been caught out thinking they were using a reputable web site only to find the address has been hijacked. Whilst what you say is generally good advice it is still inadvisable to not use AV and firewalls.



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#20 Bloggsworth

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 13:09

Given that, amongst others, the Sony and Yahoo servers have been thoroughly hacked, Yahoo several times, the poor private computer user has no chance of defending himself from sophisticated attacks even if he doesn't unintentionally download mischievous and malicious emails. It is quite possible to accidentally visit a malicious website, my young daughter did a few years ago when told to do a school project to design packaging for a mythical brand of sweets, she typed "Packaging for sweeties" into Google...



#21 Fastcake

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 14:08

The likes of Sony and Yahoo, amongst other websites, were hacked mainly down to doing the security equivalent of locking the doors and opening the windows. Had they been taking network security seriously like any site should be (hopefully including this one) it would of been considerably more difficult.

Many people have been caught out thinking they were using a reputable web site only to find the address has been hijacked. Whilst what you say is generally good advice it is still inadvisable to not use AV and firewalls.


Another big problem is rogue ads. Even if the website itself has not been compromised, a bad ad can try to hijack the screen or send you to another website.

#22 dau

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 14:13

God, i hope there wasn't any confidential data on those computers. Better check fast.

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#23 lambylamby

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 14:43

So will this affect them badly? From the Jerez test, the car seems fast, but from the last test, unreliable... badly. I'm worried for them.....



#24 garagetinkerer

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 15:08

God, i hope there wasn't any confidential data on those computers. Better check fast.

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:rotfl: :up:

 

I'm sure GCHQ will be able to verify that statement for you.

I read something about it earlier in the year, but i thought it is one of those boneheaded moves which most governments try every now and then. I thought people may actually get it done away with it. Wow... just wow. so absolutely no privacy for people using the internet. My "something i learned for the day." :up:

 

Thanks!