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[Wired] Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

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Didn't see this posted and figure it was worth a read.

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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.

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Reading the article, it seems they're definitely not clear on many specifics at all other than it seems to be a keylogger. There is potential it could be more harmful however. Tough bugger for them to remove too.
    
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they should stop downloading pron on those PCs

wouldnt it have had to have come from inside?
at least i would think from teh way i would hope thier networks are setup
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they should stop downloading pron on those PCs
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Just another excuse for them to want to lock down the internet in fears that their "secure" networks don't get infected.

Keep sensitive data off computers that are connected to the internet and also train users and put forth security policies so this doesn't happen.

Someone had to put this malware on their network internally. I highly doubt that this came from some outside source as their security policies should be too strict to allow that to happen.
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Just another excuse for them to want to lock down the internet in fears that their "secure" networks don't get infected.

Keep sensitive data off computers that are connected to the internet and also train users and put forth security policies so this doesn't happen.

Someone had to put this malware on their network internally. I highly doubt that this came from some outside source as their security policies should be too strict to allow that to happen.
This. I work IT for a defense contractor, we have so many security policies in place it's pretty hard to get a virus from outside of the network.
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Someone had to put this malware on their network internally. I highly doubt that this came from some outside source as their security policies should be too strict to allow that to happen.
In the article they mention that after the big issue with thumb drives back in 2008, that this was one of the few places where thumb drives were still allowed. Up until they found this virus of course.
    
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In the article they mention that after the big issue with thumb drives back in 2008, that this was one of the few places where thumb drives were still allowed. Up until they found this virus of course.
USB sticks are the issue. Corp doesn't allow them for us.
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This. I work IT for a defense contractor, we have so many security policies in place it's pretty hard to get a virus from outside of the network.
so what awesome killing machine are you guys involved in? mechs? quad-barrel hovering tank? or maybe cybernetic nanite machinery prosthesis for the future warrior?
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Hmm.

I'm actually fairly concerned about our military's ability to fend off a cyber attack.
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so what awesome killing machine are you guys involved in? mechs? quad-barrel hovering tank? or maybe cybernetic nanite machinery prosthesis for the future warrior?
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