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It's not often that a news story gets an LOL out of me. Supposedly the network is air-gapped, meaning no direct connection to the internet, but other supposedly air-gapped networks run by the Department of Defense occasionally get hit by malware. One possible source might be infected USB memory sticks, it's hard to say. This particular malware is a key-logger, it's debatable how much value the information it could capture would be since these are such specialized systems, it's not like they're typing in banking passwords. It's also debatable if the malware is capable of transmitting the data to whoever wrote it.

The amusing thing is that a quote in the article says "we keep cleaning it and it keeps coming back", which means there's a computer on their network that they can't clean that keeps reinfecting their cleaned computers, most likely a high-ranking officer who won't give them access.

It hasn't interfered with any missions, but I'm sure it's quite an annoyance for their IT crew.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/virus-hits-drone-fleet/

http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/10/07/1828220/us-drone-fleet-hit-by-computer-virus
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