Wired has updated their article on the Keylogger Virus that has affected some of the US Airforce’s critical infrastructure spreading so pervasively as to even reach the command and control systems of the US UAV fleet.

The US Airforce has now gone on record insisting that the malware was “more of a nuisance” than it was an actual “operational threat”.

USAF UAV - Picture from wired.

Creech Airforce Base in Nevada remains fully operational and has not been compromised in any way by the security incident.

The Airforce also claimed that the 24th Airforce, nominally in charge of cyber security operations, was fully aware of the incident and that theyve known about it all along.

Link to the USAF press release courtesy of wired:

The whole situation seems like a shambles to me. The fact that such a generic pece of malware could spread so far and wide through critical systems is embarrassing at best and a serious threat to US national security at worst.

One would hope that there are some hard lessons being learnt from this….

link to original wired article: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/drone-virus-nuisance/

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Marc has been a hacker since the 80's and has worked in the security industry for almost 20 years. Some of Marc's professional highlights include a decade managing security in the operator Vodafone plc, and 5 years as working as the CSO for a real estate and asset management conglomerate in South Korea. Known as "Cyberjunky", "Cjunky" or just "CJ" in the hacker community Marc is the Head of Security and part of the CFP review board for DEF CON, the worlds largest hacker conference. After spending more than 15 years wrangling hackers, criminals and spooks Marc has seen it all. Sometimes several times at once. Professionally Marc uses his skills as a whitehat hacker and security evangelist to bring a positive outlook on security to today's global organizations. It's this outlook that Marc used when he helped put together the award winning BBC series "The Real Hustle". Today Marc works as the Principal Security Researcher for Lookout Mobile Security.