When we think of Formula One, we think of the pinnacle technology - massive operations designed for the sole purpose of building very fast cars. We don't often think of security for all that technology, though. Neither, apparently, did the hapless Marussia F1 team, which lost an entire day of testing data this week due to a computer virus.

"It started off with the first disaster, which was a computer Trojan-type virus in the racks, which cost us the best part of the day," Marussia boss John Booth told Autosport. The winter testing session in Bahrain lasted four days, but for Marussia, it was a three-day affair, as an entire day was dedicated to annihilating the Trojan that had infiltrated the team's systems.

There's not a lot of detail on where the virus originated nor if any data was lost or compromised, but it's interesting that an organization as high-profile as a Formula 1 team (even a perennial backmarker like Marussia) would be targeted. Certainly, if we were the principal at any other team, we'd be looking at updating our security software.


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      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Targeted? Who says you have to be targeted to get a trojan. The easiest way is just to download pirated software and run it. At the risk of sounding like a SPA shill, just buy all your software legitimately. You'll find it saves you money in the long run.
      Ask
      • 1 Year Ago
      You get a Trojan Virus when you surf too many porn sites. No I am serious.
        J Shep
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ask
        Not just regular sites either... The kinky stuff is where the viruses are... So I've been told.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ask
        Took the words right out of my mouth. That or someone was trying to download SNES ROMs from a Russian site.
      RevenantDC5
      • 1 Year Ago
      This article describes the team as "targeted" by the virus. While that sounds more exciting, I doubt it's accurate. Far more likely is that someone on the team just visited the wrong site, and agreed to run the wrong file.
        no1bondfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RevenantDC5
        Agreed - why would anyone try to sabotage, or steal from, by far the worst team in the sport?
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why you shouldn't use Windows. Why are they on Windows anyway? They can't due telemetry on a Linux box?
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Trojan is not a virus and you dont "get" a trojan. A trojan is where someone tricks you in to running a program that you should not run. At that point you give the trojan access to your system. So if i made ProgramToFormatYourComputer.exe and renamed it FluffyBunnyPictures.exe and tricked you to run it, then that is a trojan. They are not viruses they are tricks
      Bobby Robinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Switch to Linux! It ain't perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than Windows.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone in the team looked up some porn me thinks.
      Julius
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a world where computers are ever-more interconnected - even in a car - I wonder how long it will be before automotive ransomware strikes. You know, pay $100 or your car doesn't start type business.
      David S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know, car people and computer people are not all one in the same. I'd love to see an analysis of this story from the IT angle (maybe on like arstechnica), and see whether it was a deliberate attack or someone just downloaded something they shouldn't have. At least from my limited experience with trojans, even though it's possible for them to spread through the network, most of the time the malware just hijacks the workstation it was opened on. I normally get a "hey, my computer's acting weird" and I go pull the network plug right away and treat the affected workstation from there--I don't wait to find out whether it's gonna infiltrate the network or not. So how did this thing get "in the racks"? Why did they only have to wipe one day's worth of data?
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