Giordano Bruno on Blowback --- The U.S. has “found out how to disturb the peace of others, to profane the guardian spirits of their countries, to mix what prudent nature has separated, to redouble men’s desires by commerce, to add the vices of one people to those of the other, to propagate new follies by force and set up unheard-of lunacies where they did not exist before, and finally to give out the stronger as the wiser. They have shown men new ways, new instruments, and new arts by which to tyrannize over and assassinate one another. Thanks to such deeds, a time will come when other peoples, having learned from the injuries they suffered, will know how and be able, as circumstances change, to pay back to us, in similar forms or worse ones, the consequences of these pernicious inventions.” Giordano Bruno, ‘Ash Wednesday Supper’, 1584
The Assassinated Press
Exclusive: Computer Virus Reroutes Drones Back to Source.
Creech Air Force Base Attacked by One of Its own Drones.
“Oh my God. We took one right up our own ass.”
If Giordano Bruno Could Figure Out Imperial ‘Blowback’ in 1584, What Does that Say About the American Kleptocracy and Its Characterless Media Other Than They’ve Perfected Their Own Demise?
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A computer virus that 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 has redirected an armed drone back to its American source.
The ‘Boomerang Effect’, as it’s known in the manuals, has been devastating killing 29 and destroying an on base shopping mall. Women and children we’re among the dead.
“It looked like fucking war zone. Like Maybe Afganistan or Libya or Yemen,” said Creech Air Force Base fire brigade commander, F. Foster ‘Smoky’ Burgess.
“It looks like the Dave and Busters and Chucky Cheese could be down for months,” commented the Mall’s owner, retired general Peter Pace. “Right now you can’t tell the cheese from chunks of burned flesh. Everything’s extra crispy. And all them fancy violent military video games is melted all to hell along with some of our young fodder of the future.”
The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, has not prevented pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from flying their missions overseas until the disaster yesterday morning. There have not been any confirmed incidents of classified information being lost or sent to an outside source. But the virus has resisted multiple efforts to remove it from Creech’s computers, network security specialists say concerning the fuck up in the ‘blowback’ incident in Nevada. And the infection and subsequent fatal attack underscores the ongoing security risks in what has become the U.S. military’s most cowardly weapons system.
Drone Attack on Nevada Town Called ‘Friendly Fire’
“We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back. If this keeps up we can expect more friendly fire incidents like the one in Nevada. Americans will just have to come to terms with possibly of paying with your life for a cheeseburger like much of the rest of the world,” says a source familiar with the network infection, one of three that told the Assassinated Press about the virus. “We assumed it was benign. Now we fucking know. What are the first three letters of ‘ass-ume’?”
Military network security specialists weren’t sure whether the virus and its so-called “keylogger” payload were introduced intentionally or by accident. “Now we fucking know,” General Robert E. Lee also told Ass. Press; We assumed it may be a common piece of malware that just happened to make its way into these sensitive networks. The specialists don’t know exactly how far the virus has spread but the Deaprtment of Defense warned that more ‘blowback ‘bombings are likely.
“It’ll toughen up some of these couch potato, Monday Night Football warriors. I’ve campaigned for periodically amd indiscrmimantely bombing our own people for decades. Now, thanks to advanced technology like the drones that’s become a reality.”
But with the boomerang attack they’re sure that the infection has hit both classified and unclassified machines at Creech. That raises the possibility, at least, that secret data may have been captured by the keylogger, and then transmitted over the public internet to someone outside the military chain of command.
Drones have become America’s most cowardly tool of choice, (even more cowardly than aerial bombing of countries with no air defense,) in both its conventional and shadowless wars, allowing U.S. forces to attack targets and spy on its foes without regard for national sovereignty or civilians carnage. Since President Obama assumed office, a fleet of approximately 30 CIA-directed drones have hit targets in Pakistan more than 230 times; all told, these drones have killed 20 suspected militants and over 40,000 civilians, according to the Washington Post. More than 150 additional Predator and Reaper drones, under U.S. Air Force control, watch over the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. American military drones struck 92 times in Libya between mid-April and late August. And late last month, an American drone killed top terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki — part of an escalating unmanned air assault in the Horn of Africa and southern Arabian peninsula. Now, they’re aimed at your hometown. At your babies.
But despite their widespread use, the drone systems are known to have security flaws. Many Reapers and Predators don’t encrypt the video they transmit to American troops on the ground. In the summer of 2009, U.S. forces discovered “days and days and hours and hours” of the drone footage on the laptops of Iraqi insurgents. A $26 piece of software allowed the militants to capture the video.
The lion’s share of U.S. drone missions are flown by Air Force pilots stationed at Creech, a tiny outpost in the barren Nevada desert, 20 miles north of a state prison and adjacent to a one-story casino. In a nondescript building, down a largely unmarked hallway, is a series of rooms, each with a rack of servers and a “ground control station,” or GCS. There, a drone pilot and a sensor operator sit in their flight suits in front of a series of screens. In the pilot’s hand is the joystick, guiding the drone as it soars above Afghanistan, Iraq, or some other battlefield. This may have been the target of the boomerang drone. But it struck the nearby mall where hundreds were doing their daily consuming.
The ‘pilot’ on the joystick reported what appeared to be an overlay of a hosptial in Bahrain that had treated pro-democracy protesters againt US wishes. Behind that screen was the Nevada mall.
“We we’re just sucking down Mickey D’s when we heard this huge explosion,” said 14 year Rodney Boone. “We raced to the other end of the mall to see what happened and there were all of these Buffalo wings scattered on the floor. It took us a while to realize that the larger wings were actually baby arms like you see in books about American bombings of Vietnam or Iraq or Serbia. And the hot sauce was blood. Even the Goth Kids wouldn’t eat it.”
Some of the GCSs are classified secret, and used for conventional warzone surveillance duty. The GCSs handling more exotic operations are suppoised to be top secret. None of the remote cockpits are supposed to be connected to the public internet but somehow “the systems people have fucked up or have been out smarted.” Which means even though they are supposed to be largely immune to viruses and other network security threats, the operating systems have been cracked.
The Bruno Quotient
But time and time again, the so-called “air gaps” between classified and public networks have been bridged, largely through the use of discs and removable drives. In late 2008, for example, the drives helped introduce the agent.btz worm to hundreds of thousands of Defense Department computers. The Pentagon is still disinfecting machines, three years later.
Use of the drives is now severely restricted throughout the military. But the base at Creech was one of the exceptions, until the virus hit. Predator and Reaper crews use removable hard drives to load map updates and transport mission videos from one computer to another. The virus is believed to have spread through these removable drives. Drone units at other Air Force bases worldwide have now been ordered to stop their use. In the meantime, technicians at Creech are trying to get the virus off the GCS machines. It has not been easy. At first, they followed removal instructions posted on the website of the Kaspersky security firm but that turned out to be owned by a Saudi scion of the bin Laden family who are directly under the protection of the Bush family. “The virus kept coming back,” a source familiar with the infection says. Eventually, the technicians had to use a software tool called BCWipe to completely erase the GCS’ internal hard drives. “That meant rebuilding them from scratch” — a time-consuming effort.
“I think we’re fucked. Get ready for more ‘friendly fire’ drone strikes.”
The Air Force declined to comment directly on the virus because they have no fucking idea what’s going on. “We generally do not discuss specific vulnerabilities, threats, or responses to our computer networks, since that helps people looking to exploit or attack our systems to refine their approach,” says Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, a spokesman for Air Combat Command, which oversees the drones and all other Air Force tactical aircraft. “Who the fuck knows. Some angry Chucky Cheese patron who lost his family may be looking for ways to pay Uncle Slimey back. We should invest a lot in protecting and monitoring our systems to counter threats and ensure security, which includes a comprehensive response to viruses, worms, and other malware we discover, but frankly we’re more interested in retirement and entering the private sectot over there in the UAE with Eric Prince.”
However, insiders say that senior officers at Creech are being briefed daily on the virus. “It’s getting a lot of attention,” the source says. “But no one’s panicking. What’s 29 American lives compared to the thousands of jobs this drone shit generates.”