Predator virus might be US monitoring itself and not a stupid oversightBy David Dietle
The US military announced last week that several of its Predator UAVs had been infected with a key-logging virus, possibly from malware on hard drives that occasionally have internet access. Now they are saying that it might just be our own government logging key strokes as part of daily business and accountability. We are sure they are telling the truth now, and not just backtracking in an attempt to not look stupid.
Sure, they originally said that the hard drives in the Predators and the heavily armed Reaper drones are swapped out and may occasionally have internet access (the drones and their control equipment do not, to avoid just this sort of thing.) And they originally said that they didn’t know where the virus came from. Then they said it might be from run of the mill malware that “somehow” got onto the hard drives.
They by no means implied that members of our military were off downloading email smileys or surfing for fetish porn on DoD owned equipment, no way. Nor were they implying that in the event that our military robots weren’t being run by irresponsible perverts then there would have to be some pretty major issues with our military’s computer network and firewall, since even grandma’s unsecured wireless router doesn’t allow people to just put viruses directly on to your hard drive.
And they certainly aren’t covering up that they aren’t running anti-virus software to catch malicious email attachments on the off chance that we have men and women in uniform too stupid to not open random attachments from strangers called “XXX.exe.”
No Way. It’s probably the Department of Defense running hidden software on our remotely piloted kill-bots. That was discovered by accident. And not identified as “maybe” the government until over a week later.
You, as citizens of the world that has the US as a country on it, should not be alarmed, at all, by this incident (okay, these incidents) because our government has suggested that there is a pretty okay chance in hell that the apparently rogue software on our semi-autonomous missile-
I assure you, the US government does not lie.
Unless it really has too.