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Porcini M.
October 7th, 2011, 09:08 PM
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...

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/virus-hits-drone-fleet/

earthpigg
October 7th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Same proprietary and outsourced software stack that allowed third parties to intercept the video (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126102247889095011.html) feeds from these same aircraft?

mmsmc
October 7th, 2011, 09:32 PM
welcome to war, it only gets scarier

LinuxFan999
October 7th, 2011, 11:34 PM
I wonder if those drones are running Windows, since we all know how many viruses Windows has.

Dangertux
October 7th, 2011, 11:40 PM
I wonder if those drones are running Windows, since we all know how many viruses Windows has.

When I was in the military I was in a military intelligence unit, our sister unit had a UAV section, this was the army so they had shadow not predator, however according to one of my friends who was a UAV pilot I do believe the workstations were windows based :-P

Dr. C
October 7th, 2011, 11:46 PM
I wonder if those drones are running Windows, since we all know how many viruses Windows has.

This reminds me of the Iraqi nuclear centrifuges. Was Microsoft Windows the common factor in both cases?

newbie2
October 11th, 2011, 04:35 PM
I wonder if those drones are running Windows, since we all know how many viruses Windows has.


The virus first showed up on a Microsoft-based Windows system, the same source added, and was introduced when the Air Force was transferring data maps using external hard drives between two systems.
http://www.thirdage.com/news/drone-virus-troubles-u-s-air-force_10-11-2011


The source added that virus "showed up on a Microsoft based Windows system.
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/virus_infects_nevada_control_stations_NpM29a4WkNDr Q5uWCWuOCJ?utm_campaign=OutbrainA&utm_source=OutbrainArticlepages&obref=obinsource
:p

vasa1
October 11th, 2011, 04:52 PM
This reminds me of the Iraqi nuclear centrifuges. Was Microsoft Windows the common factor in both cases?

Iranian?

Paqman
October 11th, 2011, 05:31 PM
This reminds me of the Iraqi nuclear centrifuges. Was Microsoft Windows the common factor in both cases?

Iranian, and the system was Siemens Simatic WinCC running on top of Windows. It exploited security holes in both Windows and the Siemens system and (alarmingly) security practices that Siemens themselves stipulated. So it's debatable to what degree running on a non-Windows OS would have restricted it. I suspect very little, all SCADA systems have slack security, the problem is not that they run on Windows, it's that they aren't designed to be secure at all.

dpny
October 11th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Reading around I've seen some speculation that this isn't a virus: it's a keylogger installed by the military to keep an eye on their systems.

Paqman
October 12th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Apparently, the first the air force's network security people new about this was when they read it in Wired. Sounds like the local base were trying to keep the problem quiet and sort it themselves, and when they weren't able to and didn't bump it up the food chain some of the people involved leaked it to the press.

frogotronic
December 13th, 2011, 12:35 PM
I wonder if those drones are running Windows, since we all know how many viruses Windows has.

Yes, absolutely - the HBSS is a McAfee / Windows based product. Check out their website - they "brag" about it being an "off the shelf" product.

Go figure...

- CH