A recent Wired article indicated that someone (insert name of a foreign government here) has us by our short wires so to say the least. As it appears that a computer virus of sorts has infiltrated and infected the remote cockpits of America’s new darling weapon system, yes a scary thought isn’t it? That “someone” has the ability to compromise a US military weapon system right under our nose.
As its appears now that the famed Predator and Reaper drones systems we’ve reading so much about lately seem to have been compromised with software that is logging the remote pilots’ every move as they fly missions at a distance over Afghanistan and other war zones.
Its reported that this virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, under what conditions of discovery is not clear. However the infection has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada where the drones are piloted from, from flying their assigned missions overseas. Nor have there been any reported incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source which is confusing as if it snuck in with them not knowing how can they be so sure nothing is getting out?
Additionally, it appears the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computer systems making it one thought bug per network security specialists charged with exterminating it. Yet the infection itself underscores the ongoing security risks involved with what has become the US military’s most important weapons system in the war against terror.
It also high lights the risks in general to the world as, in the past Information Technology [IT] systems where enablers to the process or function. However today they are the process or function itself, as no longer is the task separated from the technology which performs the “task” as now both are one in the same. As with the compromise of the drone system, industry must be concerned with the same so much of what they all do courses thought the arteries of various “open” networks including the internet and too many firms (including the US government) poke their heads in the sand and hope for the best.
Yet the world is a far different place with again far different set of hoodlums many of which are back by the power and money of nation states as the game is far past that of the Mathew Broderick’s days of “Let’s Play a Game, how about Thermonuclear War? As today the game is real and not just on the motion picture screen for entertainment, as it invades our life’s far deeper then we care to think…