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Unknown Nasty Virus Affects at least the Drones.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2011, 15:55    Post_subject:  Unknown Nasty Virus Affects at least the Drones.
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This is serious guys. Keep your Drones at home now.
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/virus-hits-drone-fleet
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A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.

The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas. Nor have there been any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source.

But the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computers, network security specialists say
. And the infection underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the U.S. military’s most important weapons system.

“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” says a source familiar with the network infection, one of three that told Danger Room about the virus. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”

Military network security specialists aren’t sure whether the virus and its so-called “keylogger” payload were introduced intentionally or by accident; it may be a common piece of malware that just happened to make its way into these sensitive networks.

The specialists don’t know exactly how far the virus has spread. But they’re sure that the infection has hit both classified and unclassified machines at Creech.

That raises the possibility, at least, that secret data may have been captured by the keylogger, and then transmitted over the public internet to someone outside the military chain of command.


If even them has it this hard hitting what not a total noob like me.
I better keep my Drone hidden in the Garage. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2011, 16:06    Post_subject:  

Why do you say the virus is new when according to the article nobody knows what it is yet? According to the article I read, it could even be an old virus that's being spread by the way they're trying to isolate from the internet (using removable hard disks.) If the control computers really are isolated from the internet, the malware, whatever it is, is unlikely to cause security leaks.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2011, 16:50    Post_subject: Re: New nasty Virus to worry about. Drones affected.  

nooby wrote:

I better keep my Drone hidden in the Garage. Smile


What a wonderful opportunity to make your own puplet, PuppyDrone
and make it available.
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2011, 06:10    Post_subject:  

An exclusive download from Nooby hosted on your server TLC Smile
Coming not so soon on your preferred server.

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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2011, 09:15    Post_subject:  

nooby wrote:
An exclusive download from Nooby hosted on your server TLC Smile
Coming not so soon on your preferred server.


You have some server locations....I would suggest the one in Romania...I can give you directions via a PM and you can hand-deliver it.

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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2011, 17:15    Post_subject:  



bigger than S T U X N E T

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