Skip to comments.The U.S. Drone Fleet Is Fully Infected By A Computer Virus
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 ...
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.
This is definitely going to go “Terminator” on us!
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.
Nah, I think the drones were hit by the computer virus when the Commander-in-Chief was surfing for gay porn.
The drones have become self aware. We have 20 minutes.
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...
The real source of this story is Wired Magazine.
Here is a link to their story:
They deserve the hits, not BusinessInsider.
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.
One interesting aspect of this is that they are still using the software anyway.
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.
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.
They are required to have anti-virus. I doubt this is the normal malware found cruising the internet.
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.
Should have gone with the Apple iDrones.
What about the Predators being used in the US. That could prove a problem for the “observers”.
...or fake report?
Skynet became self-aware on August 4th, and Judgment Day ensued.
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.
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.
It logs keystrokes. It’s getting to where you can’t trust anything on a computer anymore.
I hope this message isn’t garbled.
The Wired story says the virus is infecting the cockpits; in other words, the PCs back in Nevada, not the drones themselves.
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.
Tell me that they are not using Micro$oft
Faint comfort, since the cockpits control the drones.
I could tell you that, but I'd probably be lying.
What??? Please re-send, it was all garbled.
Yep. Or Russia. Putin would love to have that feather in his cap.
“where is Forbin?”
Flash the EPROM
How the heck does a computer virus get into a drone’s systems? Are they surfing Internet p0rn when they’re tucked into their hangers?
where is Forbin?
Chillin’ with Dr. Chandra.
The inmates are running the asylum.
75% chance - the ChiComs as part of their Cyber Total War strategy.
15% chance - the Russians, looking to curry favor with their friends in Iran and the Muslim world
10% chance - the Israelis, for future strategic purposes
Court-martial what ever fool used Microsoft
in DoD with access to the Internet.
I can’t imagine the drone cockpit CPUs have internet access.
Do they use USB drives or music CDs ?
Bradley Manning comes to mind.
They might have USB drives. I believe that is how Manning downloaded all that info. That isn’t the same as internet access though. They may use flash drives to load flight data which is then stored elsewhere. I would think they would have a hard line for that though. I never had any interaction with any flight equipment.
I had heard about a sting operation recently where they left thumb drives lying around in the parking lots of buildings where DOD contract employees worked. If anyone plugged one into their work computer it immediately shut down and notified the admin, and they were terminated.
Wanting to see who would be stupid enough to put an unknown media source into the system.
Someone’s (if not many) career is certainly over though. You can bet on that.
Skynet is the virus!
I have contracted with DISA.
It is full of M$ zealots who believe
that windows is safe.
They most likely use Sipernet
which is what was used by Manning.
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