[ISN] Lights' malfunction at airport attributed to computer glitch

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Date: Tue Jul 09 2002 - 05:05:56 PDT

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    [You have to wonder why airport officials were initially concerned
    that a hacker had turned off the runway lights, unless one can
    remotely control them via a dial-up or the Internet?  -  WK]
    Wed, Jul. 03, 2002
    Federal investigators have determined that a computer malfunction 
    stopped runway lights at Miami International Airport from being turned 
    on for about half an hour Saturday evening, an FBI spokeswoman said 
    Airport officials were initially concerned that a hacker caused the 
    ''We looked into it and determined it was not a hacker,'' FBI 
    spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.
    A representative for Siemens Airfield Solutions, which designed the 
    lighting system, said it was a simple hardware problem in which a 
    touch screen wasn't communicating with the main computer.
    ''The touch screen that turns the lights on was not responding,'' said 
    Joe Pokoj, director of sales and marketing for Siemens.
    The problem occurred at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, when officials tried 
    to turn the lights on and the system did not respond.
    The runways were closed temporarily until officials turned the lights 
    on manually by 8:55 p.m.
    Aviation officials said only a couple of planes were affected.
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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