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Computer Virus Infects U.S. Military Drone

Computer Virus Infects U.S. Military Drone

U.S. Military drones infected with new computer virus…

A new computer virus has infected the computers that control U.S. Military drones. The virus, which was detected two weeks ago, records the keystrokes of operators, however since military networks are closed systems that do not connect to the Internet, it’s not yet known how the information is transferred to the hackers.

Military networks do not connect to the Internet in order to prevent the majority of viruses from infecting its machines, however when it comes to security, these closed networks aren’t impenetrable.

u.s. drones infected with computer virus

U.S. Drones Infected With Computer Virus

Image Credit: Cropbot, 2008.

In 2009, hours of U.S. drone footage was found on the computers of Iraqi insurgents. Danger Room reports that a simple $26 piece of software allowed the militants to access the network.

The military suspect that the new virus infected the network through the control center used to operate the drones. These centers still rely on USB thumb drives to transfer information, and it’s thought that one of these drives could have infected the network.

The virus hasn’t halted any missions, however it kept coming back when wiped with malicious code removers. Fully disk reimaging is now being employed to completely eradicate the virus.



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  1. Veronique Greenwood: US Drone Fighters Have Been Infected by a Computer Virus of Unknown Origin. Discover Magazine, 10/10/2011.
  2. Perry Chiaramonte: U.S. Military Drones Infected With Mysterious Computer Virus. Fox News, 10/07/2011.
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