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Report: Computer virus hits military drone program

October 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A computer virus reportedly has infected networks used by pilots who control U.S. Air Force drones flown on the warfront.

Wired Magazine reported that the spyware has resisted efforts to remove it from the computers at a base in Nevada, where pilots remotely fly Predator and Reaper drones in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

There were no confirmed reports that classified data was lost and it's uncertain if the virus was part of a directed attack or accidentally infected the networks.

The Air Force said in a statement it doesn't discuss threats to its computer networks because it can help hackers refine their tactics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.