According to a report by Wired.com, the Predator Drone and Reaper Drone have been infected by a computer virus logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other areas. The virus first detected 2 weeks ago has not prevented pilots in Nevada from flying missions overseas.
“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” says a source familiar with the network infection. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”
There is no information where the virus came from or far it has penetrated systems. Security experts believe that the virus has had access to “both unclassified and classified machines.” The virus was apparently detected by the military’s Host Based Security System (HBSS), which is used by the Department of Defense to detect cyber threats such as viruses and malware.
Previously attackers were able to intercept video transmissions from the drones with software that can easily purchased for less than $30.