REPORT: Nearly all new U.S. weapons systems have ‘critical’ cyber-security problems, auditors say
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Almost all of the U.S. military’s newly-developed weapons systems suffer from “mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities,” a review of government security audits conducted from 2012 to 2017 found, suggesting that military agencies have rushed to computerize new weapons systems without prioritizing cyber-security.
The findings were released Tuesday in a report from the Government Accountability Office. The report drew on years of security audits conducted by skilled “testers,” essentially friendly hackers employed to probe Pentagon networks for holes, replicating the process of a hack in order to find security weaknesses.
The article goes on to state the following:
While the report did not identify specific military programs, its authors describe easily-exploitable cyber-security vulnerabilities that often arose from carelessness or negligence on the part of those using the systems.
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