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Underestimating enemies: With superior tech, we are never worried

Remember Nasrallah’s 2010 speech where he revealed hizbullah had been able to hack into some drone footage/data since at least 1997!? Look at this AFP story and how it reproduces the idea/confusion over how invincible US tech/military is.

I am confused by the story: were NO secrets lost i.e. it was benign.. even UNINTENTIONAL? Or is it likely secrets were indeed lost? Because the lede paragraphs suggest it’s no big deal…. but then…

AFP: “A computer virus has hit the U.S. Predator and Reaper drone fleet that Washington deploys to hunt down militants, logging the keystrokes of pilots remotely flying missions, Wired magazine reported.

The virus was first detected about two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, but it had not halted missions flown remotely over Afghanistan and other warzones from Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base, Wired said Friday.

No classified information was believed to have been lost or sent outside the network, though the resilient virus resisted several attempts to remove it.

“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” a source familiar with the network infection told the U.S. magazine. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”

Military network security specialists said it remained unclear whether the virus was intentional and how far it had spread, but they were certain it had infected Creech’s classified and unclassified machines. Secret data may thus have leaked out and reached someone outside military officials.

— COMMENT – what the heck is an unintentional virus… really? And I thought NO CLASSIFIED info got out…. What gives?


Written by nickbiddlenoe

October 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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