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.
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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.
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