Here's the problem with running a fleet of unmanned, remote-controlled drones: they're susceptible to viruses, just like a normal computer. And the entire U.S. fleet was just hit with one that they're still trying to figure out.
The virus hasn't prevented the military from using the drones, nor has it sent any classified information anywhere as far as they know. In fact, they're not really sure what it does. All they know is that they can't get rid of it.
From Danger Room:
"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."
Yikes! So it could just be some fluke, or it could be something more sophisticated. They just don't know. They're currently looking into it and should figure it out soon, one would think. And hope.
Via Danger Room
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