- - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The latest on the missing Malaysian plane is that its computerized flight path was deliberately altered — maybe even before it left the runway. The primary focus of the investigation seems to be clearly on the cockpit crew, because no one else on board seems to have had the requisite expertise. I have a different theory: remote hackers.

Consider this scenario: The data breach that hit Target and other retailers, although using malware created by a Russian teen, occurred during the busy shopping season associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing at the start of Lent, a holiday also widely observed by Christians. It also happened close to the one-year anniversary of the ascendancy of a pope who, for lack of a better term, is packing people into the pews. If the events of Sept. 11, 2001, taught us nothing else, it was to think outside the box. Perhaps in giving so much negative press to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Ukraine, we are missing an opportunity to utilize that country’s computer whizzes to solve this mystery.

The missing plane could well be the result of technology in ill-intentioned hands, such as those of terrorists.

KAREN ANN DELUCA

Alexandria

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