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The U.S. Drone Fleet Is Fully Infected By A Computer Virus
Business Insider ^ | Oct 7, 2011 | Robert Johnson

Posted on 10/07/2011 11:19:43 AM PDT by PapaBear3625

An unnamed computer virus is compromising the security of U.S. Reaper and Predator drones as they fly missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Pakistan.

Wired reports the virus was found about two weeks ago and hasn't kept the drone pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from conducting missions.

There haven't been any reports of classified data breaches, but the virus has resisted the military's best efforts to remove it.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: computersecurity; corporate; drone; globalism; itsecurity; microsoft; predator; virus; windows
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1 posted on 10/07/2011 11:19:52 AM PDT by PapaBear3625
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To: PapaBear3625

China?


2 posted on 10/07/2011 11:21:03 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: PapaBear3625

One big vulnerability of relying on unmanned platforms: all it takes is a particularly nasty virus, and your air force is down. Or worse yet, your air force has suddenly become the enemy’s air force.


3 posted on 10/07/2011 11:23:10 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: PapaBear3625

This is definitely going to go “Terminator” on us!


4 posted on 10/07/2011 11:23:21 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: PapaBear3625

First I’d heard that they named a base after Creech. It’s in Nevada, so they won’t have to paint everything “Creech Brown,” because it already is.


5 posted on 10/07/2011 11:23:48 AM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
China?

Palestinian Sympathizer. Like the Ft. Worth shooter. Two weeks ago we poop on the Palistinian's bid for statehood. Now this takes out our ability to strike at the islamists. If China had this kind of capability they wouldn't want us to know they had it.
6 posted on 10/07/2011 11:24:48 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
China?

****

Nah, I think the drones were hit by the computer virus when the Commander-in-Chief was surfing for gay porn.

7 posted on 10/07/2011 11:24:48 AM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: dead

The drones have become self aware. We have 20 minutes.


8 posted on 10/07/2011 11:25:02 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
China?

That would be my guess. I don't believe we don't have virgin copies of this software so the next guess would be infected chips from...

9 posted on 10/07/2011 11:25:09 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: PapaBear3625
I'm no Internet security guru, but my guess is that the attack came from within the military network. When you think of incidents like the Ft. Hood shootings and similar events, all it would take is one deranged soldier to wreck havoc on the system.
10 posted on 10/07/2011 11:25:09 AM PDT by econjack
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To: PapaBear3625

The real source of this story is Wired Magazine.

Here is a link to their story:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/virus-hits-drone-fleet/

They deserve the hits, not BusinessInsider.


11 posted on 10/07/2011 11:26:12 AM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Probably Obama has installed a few Muslim Czars in the drone program.

Seriously, too bad, because this seems to be one of the few elements in our defense forces that is still actively interested in damaging the enemy.


12 posted on 10/07/2011 11:26:12 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: econjack

One interesting aspect of this is that they are still using the software anyway.


13 posted on 10/07/2011 11:27:03 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Whats the matter with the military?Don’t they believe in using anti-virus programs? crying out loud.The NSA has enough programmers on it’s staff they should have the best anti-Virus software around.


14 posted on 10/07/2011 11:27:32 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: econjack

There are many many civilian contractors involved with these programs. Some of those contractors are Chinese.

They had a high level engineer on the B2 program who was feeding info back to China.


15 posted on 10/07/2011 11:27:56 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: PapaBear3625
Open the bomb bay door drone.

Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

16 posted on 10/07/2011 11:28:14 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: puppypusher

They are required to have anti-virus. I doubt this is the normal malware found cruising the internet.


17 posted on 10/07/2011 11:29:14 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Semper911
The real source of this story is Wired Magazine.

There was a thread linking to Wired. It got pulled because we're not supposed to use Wired stories, so I looked for a non-Wired story.

18 posted on 10/07/2011 11:29:25 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Should have gone with the Apple iDrones.


19 posted on 10/07/2011 11:29:31 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Raising Cain)
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To: PapaBear3625

"Bad Mittens! No tuna tonight!"

20 posted on 10/07/2011 11:31:30 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: OwenKellogg

What about the Predators being used in the US. That could prove a problem for the “observers”.


21 posted on 10/07/2011 11:32:07 AM PDT by NoNAIS (Yet another Government program not needed.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

...or fake report?


22 posted on 10/07/2011 11:32:21 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: PapaBear3625

Skynet became self-aware on August 4th, and Judgment Day ensued.


23 posted on 10/07/2011 11:33:35 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: PapaBear3625

BS.


24 posted on 10/07/2011 11:34:51 AM PDT by bvw
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To: PapaBear3625

I would suspect the virus does not come from the ‘software’ but rather from code embedded the manufacture of the circuit board chips.

That could be why they cannot get rid of the virus.


25 posted on 10/07/2011 11:35:47 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: dead
The virus has a keylogger, which may be relaying info back to the virus creator.

It currently looks like this is a regular virus, which got into the classified network, possibly by use of a flash drive. Given the amount of havoc which the Stuxnet was able to inflict upon Iran's nuclear program, I'm not comfortable that armed drones may be vulnerable to similar hacking by our enemies.

In the past, I brought up the "Battlestar Galactica" scenario (hostile agent inserts malware which disables your combat systems at a critical moment in an attack) and was poo-pooed by people here who said that security measures would prevent that scenario from occurring. The scenario can no longer be considered far-fetched.

26 posted on 10/07/2011 11:37:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: stuartcr

It logs keystrokes. It’s getting to where you can’t trust anything on a computer anymore.

I hope this message isn’t garbled.


27 posted on 10/07/2011 11:37:19 AM PDT by Loud Mime (The Obama voters are dumber than you think, meaner than you can imagine)
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To: PapaBear3625

The Wired story says the virus is infecting the cockpits; in other words, the PCs back in Nevada, not the drones themselves.


28 posted on 10/07/2011 11:40:16 AM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: Blueflag
I would suspect the virus does not come from the ‘software’ but rather from code embedded the manufacture of the circuit board chips.

The Wired story says it's infecting the cockpits (i.e., the PCs back in Nevada), not the drones.

29 posted on 10/07/2011 11:41:38 AM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: PapaBear3625
unnamed computer virus

Tell me that they are not using Micro$oft

30 posted on 10/07/2011 11:42:04 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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31 posted on 10/07/2011 11:43:20 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: Vroomfondel
The Wired story says it's infecting the cockpits (i.e., the PCs back in Nevada), not the drones.

Faint comfort, since the cockpits control the drones.

32 posted on 10/07/2011 11:49:21 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
Tell me that they are not using Micro$oft

I could tell you that, but I'd probably be lying.

33 posted on 10/07/2011 11:50:29 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Loud Mime

What??? Please re-send, it was all garbled.


34 posted on 10/07/2011 11:52:14 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Retired Greyhound

Yep. Or Russia. Putin would love to have that feather in his cap.


35 posted on 10/07/2011 11:54:16 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Drill Thrawl

“where is Forbin?”


36 posted on 10/07/2011 11:55:25 AM PDT by isom35
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37 posted on 10/07/2011 11:57:17 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: PapaBear3625

Flash the EPROM


38 posted on 10/07/2011 11:57:59 AM PDT by lwd
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To: PapaBear3625

How the heck does a computer virus get into a drone’s systems? Are they surfing Internet p0rn when they’re tucked into their hangers?


39 posted on 10/07/2011 11:59:26 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: isom35

“where is Forbin?”

Chillin’ with Dr. Chandra.


40 posted on 10/07/2011 12:01:24 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: PapaBear3625
The inmates are running the asylum.

41 posted on 10/07/2011 12:08:03 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: PapaBear3625

75% chance - the ChiComs as part of their Cyber Total War strategy.

15% chance - the Russians, looking to curry favor with their friends in Iran and the Muslim world

10% chance - the Israelis, for future strategic purposes


42 posted on 10/07/2011 12:08:58 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Court-martial what ever fool used Microsoft
in DoD with access to the Internet.

43 posted on 10/07/2011 12:11:52 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

I can’t imagine the drone cockpit CPUs have internet access.


44 posted on 10/07/2011 12:16:25 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
Do they use USB drives or music CDs ?

Bradley Manning comes to mind.


45 posted on 10/07/2011 12:20:16 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

They might have USB drives. I believe that is how Manning downloaded all that info. That isn’t the same as internet access though. They may use flash drives to load flight data which is then stored elsewhere. I would think they would have a hard line for that though. I never had any interaction with any flight equipment.


46 posted on 10/07/2011 12:27:56 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

I had heard about a sting operation recently where they left thumb drives lying around in the parking lots of buildings where DOD contract employees worked. If anyone plugged one into their work computer it immediately shut down and notified the admin, and they were terminated.

Wanting to see who would be stupid enough to put an unknown media source into the system.


47 posted on 10/07/2011 12:29:23 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Someone’s (if not many) career is certainly over though. You can bet on that.


48 posted on 10/07/2011 12:29:34 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: PapaBear3625

Skynet is the virus!


49 posted on 10/07/2011 12:33:53 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: EEGator
I have contracted with DISA.

It is full of M$ zealots who believe
that windows is safe.

They most likely use Sipernet
which is what was used by Manning.


50 posted on 10/07/2011 12:34:47 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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