Spyware Infects US Military Drones

The United States fleet of Predator and Reaper drones was infected with a computer virus that allowed the hackers to see every action that the person controlling the drones made.  One military official said that they keep getting rid of it, but it always seems to come back and they are not sure if this is serious or not.  This kind of information could be important to terrorists because they can monitor where the drones are and what they are doing.  So far, there haven’t been any incidents of classified information being sent to an outside source, however, there are still many unknowns according to military source.  One thing that is still unknown is whether or not this virus was intentionally introduced to these drones or if it was just an accident.  They are also unsure of how far this virus has spread and also are not sure how to get rid of it.  These drones are important to the U.S. military and have been used in both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as operations in Libya.



3 thoughts on “Spyware Infects US Military Drones

  1. Well that’s a bit worrisome. Like you mentioned, if terrorists actually were watching this, or any enemy of the US, that would not be good at all. It’s also not very reassuring they don’t know where or how it’s infected the drones. Hopefully they can figure it out and get rid of it.

  2. This is a serious concern. If it’s that easy to infect and re-infect the drones that easily, that shows a very big security hole.

  3. I have had maybe 3 posts about this. They started thinking that the DoD might have installed this on the computers themselves so they can see every action a pilot takes.

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