A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s 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 military’s 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 Creech’s computers, network security specialists say. And the infection underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the U.S. military’s 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 it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”
Don't want hackers getting control of these things.
Originally posted by el1jah
reply to post by 8ILlBILl8
id go to jail
seriously though i wouldnt know what to do with a $1.4 million dollar remote control plane!
Originally posted by Afterthought
It's probably China. Wasn't there a thread about how China has been hacking into computers for quite some time?
Anyways, this is just another reason why we should never design or stop designing killer robots like Terminator. Maybe Skynet is real? (hee, hee)
But, seriously. This could get ugly because I could think of several targets that an enemy would zone in on if they were able to control one of these. The fact that the virus is logging keystrokes, it sounds as though it's just a matter of time before they have enough codes and passwords to take control of it.edit on 7-10-2011 by Afterthought because: (no reason given)
Hey, gunshooter! Are you reading my mind? We practically wrote about the same post.edit on 7-10-2011 by Afterthought because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
United states drone division doesn't get infected with a virus..
its gets attacked with a cyber weapon.
What worries me is imagine one of these things being remotely taken over and attacking a neutral, or potential enemy... ie a Turkish ship or an Iranian airliner....
Originally posted by NorthStreet1
How much you want to make a bet there is a HEFTY amount of Chinese made Electronics onboard those things .... I'd love to see the origin of content but you know nobody is talking about it.edit on 7-10-2011 by NorthStreet1 because: (no reason given)