Farmville, Mafia Wars Now Officially National Security Threats

The Air Force drone fleet got a virus, and it may have come from a popular Facebook game.

While these games have until now been just irritations and sort of vague scams, they have recently become actual security threats. See, recently it came to light that our fleet of Predator and Reaper drones have been infected with a keylogger virus. This is the kind of thing that makes you kind of nervous - what if an enemy of America seized control of these drones and aimed them at our cities? While the virus infection was contained and dealt with, it's still something that makes you realize how fragile our digital security is.

So what does this have to do with Zynga? Turns out that the keylogger is one that is routinely used to compromise people who gamble online... or play Mafia Wars. So yes, this means one of the pilots of our drones was playing video games on his work console. And quite possibly a Zynga game!

I imagine the Air Force is going to take some strict countermeasures to insure that people aren't grinding in World of Warcraft while sending attack craft against Afghan insurgents (and possibly blowing up wedding parties or something). May I suggest that step one is to ban Zynga from existing?

via Wired