Friday, October 7, 2011

Military Drones and Viruses...

Holy crap... The idea that there is a keystroke recording virus on our military drones is pretty frightening.

Snip (from here):

The computers used to control Predator and Raptor drones used in Afghanistan and other war zones have been reportedly infected by a virus that captures the keystrokes of the pilots operating the unmanned aircraft.

Although detected two weeks ago by the military's network security systems, the military has been unable to purge its computers of the apparent keyboard logger, Noah Shactman reported Friday in Wired's Danger Room blog.

“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” a source familiar with the network infection told Shactman. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know."

Just imagine if the virus could somehow transmit such activities to adversaries... It would certainly hurt the logistical use of drone planes. They would also potentially be a lot easier to detect, track, evade, and even shoot down. Certainly not desirable if trying to kill a terrorist.

Then again, knowing a virus exists on your system, and no way to get rid of it is kind of frightening for our government to have to deal with too...

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