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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 09:09 PM
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Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet
By Noah Shachtman October 7, 2011


A computer virus has infected the cockpits of Americas Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.

The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the militarys Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas. Nor have there been any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source. But the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creechs computers, network security specialists say. And the infection underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the U.S. militarys most important weapons system.

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 its benign. But we just dont know.

Military network security specialists arent sure whether the virus and its so-called keylogger payload were introduced intentionally or by accident; it may be a common piece of malware that just happened to make its way into these sensitive networks. The specialists dont know exactly how far the virus has spread. But theyre sure that the infection has hit both classified and unclassified machines at Creech. That raises the possibility, at least, that secret data may have been captured by the keylogger, and then transmitted over the public internet to someone outside the military chain of command.

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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 09:11 PM
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1. TY Bookmarking to read in the AM
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 09:23 PM
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2. I think a more sane power doesn't want them flying these missions...
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 09:24 PM
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3. C.H. I. N. A. n/t
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 10:27 PM
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4. Oh what a shame.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 08:40 AM
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5. Let me guess: It's a COTS program running Windows? (NT)
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