U.S. drones affected by persistent virus

The U.S. army uses drones aka Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV) for their wars to attack targets and spy on their enemies without risking the lives of their soldiers. According to a report by WIRED, a computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones in the process logging information of pilots who are located remotely while these drones fly over war zones, which include Afghanistan.

The virus is not affecting the flying of the drones

The virus is not affecting the flying of the drones


The report states that this virus was discovered nearly two weeks ago by the millitary’s Host-Based Security System. A source in the know-how about the network infection said, “We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back. We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.” However, this virus has not prevented pilots at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying these drones. The specialists at the air force base have tried repeatedly to remove the virus, but it has been unsuccessful, thus far.

The report states that as of now there have been no confirmed incidents of any of their classified information being lost or sent to any outside source. The Air Force did not comment on the issue, but Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, a spokesman for Air Combat Command, which oversees the drones and all other Air Force tactical aircraft said, “We generally do not discuss specific vulnerabilities, threats, or responses to our computer networks, since that helps people looking to exploit or attack our systems to refine their approach. We invest a lot in protecting and monitoring our systems to counter threats and ensure security, which includes a comprehensive response to viruses, worms, and other malware we discover.”

The source who revealed about the virus said that this virus is getting a lot of attention, but no one is panicking yet.

Published Date: Oct 10, 2011 05:08 pm | Updated Date: Oct 10, 2011 05:08 pm