Report: Computer virus hits military drone program

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Posted: Oct 08, 2011 2:33 PM
Report: Computer virus hits military drone program

A computer virus that captures the strokes on a keyboard has infected networks used by pilots who control U.S. Air Force drones flown on the warfront, according to a published report.

Wired magazine reported that the spyware has resisted efforts to remove it from the computers at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, where pilots remotely fly Predator and Reaper drones in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

The story said there are no reports that classified data was lost and it's uncertain if the virus was part of a directed attack or accidentally infected the networks.

The Air Force said in a statement it doesn't discuss threats to its computer networks "since that helps people looking to exploit or attack our systems to refine their approach."