Computer Virus Infects U.S. Predator, Reaper Drones

According to a report published by Wired, the Virus was first found about two weeks ago and was several times removed from the systems. However, the virus keeps coming back and there appears to be no solution how to effectively get rid of it.

The virus did not prevent pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying the drones, but sources told Wired that the virus is logging every keystroke.

“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” one source said. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”

There is no information where the virus came from and how far it has spread. However, security specialists believe that the virus has had access to "both classified and unclassified machines."

The virus was apparently detected by the military's Host Based Security System (HBSS), which is used by the Department of Defense to detect cyber threats such as malware.

At the very least, the virus' activity as a keylogger appears to be suspicious, especially since the software of the drones have been previously targeted and attackers were able to intercept video transmissions with software that can be purchased for less than $30.

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  • fyasko
    hire REAL IT security people instead of using so called military IT experts...
  • cmartin011
    china having a good laugh at our military now
  • tokencode
    Is our military really this terrible? If your remote vehicle control system with guided missles is infected with a virus, YOU STOP USING IT. If it can log keystrokes, I'm sure it can insert them into the keyboard buffer potentially. They can't figure out how to remove a virus? How do you know this thing can't recieve a different payload? This country that our military has such incompentent security "experts" for the amount of money spent on our defense infrastructure. Have they considered bringing the PC to Best Buy's Geek Squad?
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  • Lutfij
    hmm - i smell another attack from anonymous
  • house70
    LOL - leveling the play field a little...

    (thumb me down if you agree, thumb me up if you concur)
  • fyasko
    hire REAL IT security people instead of using so called military IT experts...