October 11, 2011

Predators Hit With Virus

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A virus has hit the military's UAV fleet. Wired reports that it has been around for about two weeks, but officials have still managed to keep the program active, including the September 30 strike in Yemen. Details are sketchy as to its purpose, but it seems the key logger payload locks in keystrokes that drone operators perform. They have yet to be able to remove the virus and are not sure if its arrival was intentional or accidental. And while it has not caused any obvious damage as yet, this certainly proves that nothing is totally safe in the Interweb world.

Via Wired

Update: Note that security expert Miles Fidelman believes that it is possible that a rootkit that key logs may have come from a DOD vendor.

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at October 11, 2011 11:49 AM
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