Virus Infects U.S. Drones

    A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport as Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke at a meeting with tribal leaders in Kandahar city, Afghanistan, Sunday June 13, 2010.  President Karzai appealed to hundreds of tribal and religious leaders to support a major operation in their southern province, the heartland of a Taliban insurgency. Karzai, accompanied by top NATO commander US General Stanley McChrystal, spoke to representatives and residents in Kandahar about renewed efforts to bring stability to the war-weary province. (AP Photo//Massoud Hossaini, Pool)

    Massoud Hossaini / AP Photo

    A virus has infiltrated American drones like the ones used to kill al Qaeda chief Anwar al-Awlaki and others, military officials said Friday. So far, none of the missions carried out by the unmanned attack crafts have been interfered with, but specialists fear that the virus is recording drone pilots’ every move and are trying—so far unsuccessfully—to erase it. As a preventative measure, drone use has reportedly been suspended while the virus is being investigated. Drones have been used to kill more than 2,000 people since President Obama was elected, and have been a particularly important tool in the war on terror, where they have been used to hit terrorists in remote parts of Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

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