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UPDATE: Air Force Claims Drone Virus Poses 'No Threat'
2011-10-14 05:20:48

Contrary to reports published earlier this month, the Air Force issued a statement Wednesday insisting that the malware that had been detected on unmanned drones at a Nevada base posed "no threat" to the aircrafts' operational status. In a media advisory dated October 12, Air Force personnel said that the virus, which was first detected on September 15, was not a keylogger as originally reported, but "a credential stealer...found routinely on computer networks" and was "more of a nuisance...

Air Force Drones Affected By Virus
2011-10-08 05:37:08

U.S. military drones have been infected by a computer virus that logs their pilots' keystrokes while they fly missions over other countries, including Afghanistan, Wired revealed in an exclusive report on Friday afternoon. According to a report by Noah Shachtman, the virus, which affects the Predator and Reaper drones, was first detected by Host-Based Security System at Nevada's Creech Air Force Base approximately two weeks ago. The malware has not prevented missions from continuing as...

2011-04-19 14:00:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar, TRACER, has completed flight testing aboard a Predator B MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System. TRACER is a dual-band (UHF and VHF) synthetic-aperture radar capable of detecting and geo-locating objects that are buried, camouflaged or concealed under foliage. Classified as a queuing sensor, TRACER processes images in real time, and can immediately down-link...

2010-11-22 05:55:00

China, working to catch up with the United States and Israel, is ramping up production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being hailed as the future of military aviation, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Western defense officials were surprised to see some 25 different models of unmanned Chinese aircraft on display at last week's Zhuhai air show in China. It was a record number of UAVs for a country that unveiled its first concept UAVs only four years earlier...

2010-10-27 12:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A milestone has been achieved, the first flight of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar (TRACER) aboard an MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System. The milestone also marks the first time a penetrating radar has flown on a fixed wing unmanned aerial system. TRACER, a dual-band synthetic-aperture radar (SAR), detects vehicles, buildings and other man-made objects that are buried, camouflaged or concealed...

2010-06-21 09:00:00

FAIRFAX, Va., June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $49 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) and Project Liberty. The contract covers three years if all options are exercised. General Dynamics will perform network administration, systems administration, hardware maintenance and logistics and warehouse support for Air Force and Air...

2009-01-20 06:45:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the U.S. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market, Frost & Sullivan presents General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) with the 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year for its exceptional display of leadership and innovation. When GA-ASI's Predator UAS took its maiden flight in 1994, it started a revolution that changed the way wars will be fought for years to come. Today...

2008-02-28 17:29:32

LONDON (AP) -- Military experts have warned that terrorists could use unmanned drones in aerial attacks, saying robotics offered a frighteningly easy way to evade security. The know-how and materials for manufacturing lethal, improvised robots are easily available, according to experts at a conference Wednesday on robotics at the Royal United Services Institute, a 177-year-old forum on military affairs. "Sooner or later we're going to see a Cessna programmed to fly into a...

2006-01-29 13:34:11

By David Morgan and Simon Cameron-Moore WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Bush administration is unlikely to shy away from using Predator missile attacks on al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, despite the risk of political backlash for U.S. ally, President Pervez Musharraf, officials and intelligence experts say. The CIA has used pilotless Predator drones to carry out at least three attacks against al Qaeda targets in Pakistan over the past eight months, including a January 13 airstrike...

2006-01-19 03:30:00

By Simon Cameron-Moore ISLAMABAD -- An al Qaeda bomb expert with a $5 million bounty on his head and a son-in-law of the group's No. 2 were among four militants believed killed by a U.S. airstrike last week, Pakistani intelligence sources said on Thursday. Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed acknowledged that "a few militants" had been killed in Friday's attack, which also killed 18 civilians, but said their bodies had not been recovered and their identity was under...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'