While an unofficial source said they suspect it’s benign, they also added, “But we just don’t know”. The thought of an attack drone being hacked is a chilling to say the least. Jalpnik has a nice write-up of some of their historic missions (and the virus) but this seems to reinforce the hypothesis that the United States is entering a “Code War”.
Here’s the crux:
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.
“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” says a source familiar with the network infection, one of three that told Danger Room about the virus. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”
For those interested, we have a new whitepaper on Software Security Testing.