(LiveHacking.Com) – Computers controlling American military Predator and Reaper drones have been infected with a keylogger that tracks pilots’ keystrokes as they remotely fly the unmanned machines around the world, according to Wired. And despite their best efforts to remove it, the virus is remaining persistent.
According to a the mole who leaked the information, the malware was detected about two weeks ago but no classified information has been stolen or lost.
“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back,” said a source familiar with the situation. “We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know.”
The drones are unmanned aerial vehicles used primarily by the United States Air Force and the CIA. Along with cameras and other sensors they can carry fire Hellfire missiles.
The virus was found in the consoles that are used to fly the drones at the Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. Each drone is controlled by a pilot using computers with video feeds and a joystick.
According to Sophos, the chances are that the malware is just a common keylogging Trojan horse, designed to steal banking information, that as somehow made its way onto these systems.
“But if they are having problems keeping their systems malware-free, and have not identified the infection accurately, they should presume that it is more serious instead.”