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U.S. Drones Get Infected by Persistent Virus

The Predator and Reaper Drones of the U.S. have been hit by a mysterious computer virus that is reportedly logging pilots’ each and every keystroke as and when they are operating the drones for a mission.

A virus which was found about two weeks ago was removed from the system several times as reported by the Wired. But, despite the removal, it keeps on coming back and thus there seems to be no effective way to remove this virus from the system.

Sources told Wired that the virus is logging every keystroke but, it is not preventing the pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying the drones.

“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back. We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.” one of the sources claimed reports Wired (opens in new tab).

Till now there is no concrete information about the source as well as how far this virus has spread in the system. But, to believe the security specialists the virus has had access to both the classified and unclassified machines.

Military’s Host Based Security System HBSS detected the virus. HBSS is used by the Department of Defense for detection of cyber threats.

The software of the drones was also targeted before and the attackers then were able to intercept video transmissions with software that can be purchased at a dirt cheap rate.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.