We’ve been posting a few articles here on the critical importance of defending against cyber terrorism. Recently a computer virus has been infecting America’s Predator and Reaper Drones! What the infection has done is log every keystroke that’s been made in the cockpits as they fly missions over Afghanistan and other confidential places. The virus was just detected about two weeks (or more) ago by the U.S. military’s Host-Based Security System. However, this recent breach in security has not halted any drone-related missions internationally. Interesting to know where this bad boy came from! Noah Shachtman of Wired.com’s Danger Room reported that multiple attempts to remove the virus has been very unsuccessful.
A specialist who was familiar with the infection said, “We keep wiping it off, and it keeps comin gback. We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.” They do not know how far the virus has spread or how damaging this can get. The specialists are convinced that the “infection has hit both classified and unclassified machines at Creech,” Shachtman wrote.
They eventually removed the virus by utilizing a software tool called BCWipe to remove the internal hard drives completely and rebuilt them from scratch (which ultimately was an extremely time-consuming activity).
The Air Force’s spokesman Lt. Col Tadd Sholtis 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.”