Entire generation of U.S. weapons easily hackable

Oct 10, 2018, 7:38 AM EDT
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An eye-opening report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that an “entire generation” of the country’s military weapons, including the ones still being developed, are riddled with vulnerabilities and security flaws, which make them easily hackable.

The report lays bare the abysmal state of cybersecurity at the Department of Defense as it pointed out glaring aberrations such as “poor password management and unencrypted communications,” which allowed a handful of white-hat hackers not only to breach “major weapon systems” but to operate them undetected, writes Futurism.

Christina Chaplain, a director at the GAO, links the security flaws, at least partly, to the military’s overconfidence in its high-tech apparatus, reports RT. The Pentagon, warned several times of the escalating cyber threats following the digitization of weapons systems, has been largely indifferent to the matter since 1991.