Cyber-attack risk on nuclear weapons systems ‘relatively high’ – thinktank

US, British and other nuclear weapons systems are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to a new study by the international relations thinktank Chatham House.

The threat has received scant attention so far from those involved in nuclear military planning and the procurement of weapons, the report said.

It blames this partly on failure to keep up with fast-moving advances, lack of skilled staff and the slowness of institutional change.

“Nuclear weapons systems were developed before the advancement of computer technology and little consideration was given to potential cyber vulnerabilities. As a result, current nuclear strategy often overlooks the widespread use of digital technology in nuclear systems,” the authors of the study said.

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  • mauser 98

    fake news..

    triple redundant back up systems for such weapons..generators batteries etc.

    “Cyber-attack”
    ..red button hooked to AT&T?

    “Lack of skilled staff, slowness of institutional change”
    …7-11 replacements out there

    “Nuclear weapons systems were developed before the advancement of computer technology”
    ..Oppenheimer and Teller built them?

    “illicit trafficking in Moldova and Georgia of radioactive and nuclear material”
    …see Hillary

  • Uncommunist

    ‘It blames this partly on failure to keep up with fast-moving advances, lack of skilled staff and the slowness of institutional change.’
    Stop hiring pc idiots !

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Meanwhile, Israel’s defense ministry is recruiting high school students for training in cyber warfare while shielding its own resources with firewalls that come close to being hacker-proof.