Somewhere, a foreign intelligence service officer is getting mad props
The U.S. Fleet of Predator and Reaper drones are infected with an ingeniously wipe resistant key-logger virus. This is bad news for my team. The best that civilian news sources can figure is that the virus was introduced via removable hard drives at Creech Air Force Base, the Central UAV hub for both the CIA and the Air Forces intelligence missions (CIA operations drones are based somewhere else). The virus is proving difficult to remove, resisting multiple removal efforts.
Figuring out that Creech was one of the only military information systems that still used removable storage devices which carry the risk of leaking secure data onto the wider internet was clever. Then effecting a successful operation to breach that security and infect the target system is the mark of an intelligence agency and not something your run of the mill hacker could accomplish. Whoever did this likely put a lot of time and effort into this breach. Hopefully, American counter-intelligence caught this breach before the data was extracted. First there was the incident where Iraqi’s figured out how to pirate UAV feeds for $26 in electronics equipment, now this. When you computerize war, you open a brand new Pandora’s Box. A Predator is not something you want to lose control of, rather than sending out spam, missiles can’t be deleted.