October 7, 2011

Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet

Noah Shachtman, writing for Wired.com's Danger Room:

"A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones."

And so it begins. Just last week, the FAA announced that it will have regulations in place by the end of this year allowing UAVs to fly within the US national airspace system, alongside passenger, freight and manned military aircraft. There is a significant, plausible threat in the intersection of these facts.

(Via @ejacqui.)