Part of the US nuclear arsenal is controlled with ...

Part of the US nuclear arsenal is controlled with …

April 28, 2014

usaf floppyThe North American chain CBS has initiated an investigation work for the prestigious program “60 Minutes”, and what it has found after visiting a base in Wyoming is disconcerting: the control of nuclear missiles is carried out with old equipment that uses floppy disks.

As if that were not enough, the base’s communications with the outside world take place through analogue connections in such a sorry state that the officers have difficulty listening to the orders that are given to them.

The security of such an installation is based on the fact that it is not connected to the Internet (in addition to the rigorous controls of physical access), surely the software will be tailor-made, and it is so old that hackers may not have been born when it was developed.

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