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USA: drones infected by a virus

A few months ago, the Iranian facilities for the nuclear industry had been infected by a virus. Today, it would be the U.S. military drones – unmanned aircraft – which would suffer the same kind of problem.

The virus in question clearly resists all attempts to eradicate the Predator and Reaper (two models including drones used in Afghanistan). The purpose of the virus in question is not yet known, but it seems to act as a keylogger, a program that saves data devices.

A problem with external drives.

The entry point is in principle simple: the flight data and maps are loaded into the UAV through a external storage device, which is transferred from machine to machine. It would be the devices used to infect drones. For now, the virus does not seem to communicate to the outside, but officials acknowledge they do not know exactly what the virus may in the end and even if it was accidentally or deliberately introduced into the drones.

Conclude with a reminder: it is not the first time drones pose safety problems. Indeed, a flaw was discovered (and used) to retrieve the video stream sent by the drones, which were not encrypted.

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