Computer virus takes out Bangkok airport's x-ray machines
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The airport has 26 CTX, which stands for Computer Tomography X-Ray, machines in total which are made by a subsidiary of General Electric. These machines are your typical belt x-ray machines that you see at most airports. Baggages are scanned and pictures are analyzed through algorithms sent down from a server. Airport officials say the server somehow was infected by a virus.
Government officials allege airport officials and former officials belonging to deposed Prime MinisterThaksin Shinawatra took bribes in return for installing the machines. The machines were purchased through a local distributor Patriot Business Consultants for $65 million dollars, but investigators say almost half of that money could have been saved if the airport had bought the scanners directly from GE.
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