US Drones Infected with Virus: Malware Nightmare
US Keeps Flying Predator & Reaper Drones Despite Virus Infection
US military drones (the ones that carry out air strikes and, you know, kill people) have been infected with a computer virus. The virus is believed to have been introduced via the swappable hard drives used to load drones' missions, but that is not known for sure.
The Department of Defense's Host-Based Security System discovered the virus two weeks ago, and admits that it doesn't know what the virus does (aside from keylogging), how it got introduced, or who created it. However, this has not stopped the US military from sending the drones out on missions.
These are the same drones that send back unencrypted footage, which Iraqi insurgents pluck at will. If your military drone's transmissions are less secure of those from my laptop, then you're doing it wrong.
“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” says a source familiar with the network infection, one of three that told Danger Room about the virus. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”
Then you aren't "wiping it off", are you? On a normal day, these drones aren't exactly hack-proof. Now, though, they're actively compromised.
Creech GCS isn't panicking (see link above) , but the same may not be said for villagers in Pakistan.
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