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Cool Cool Cool Oversight Office Says It's Incredibly Easy To Hack The Defense Dept.'s Weapons Systems

**Source: techdirt.com

Oct 11, 2018 12:46 PM - 1+ week ago

Description: holy_shit(1).pdf [PDF]: In operational testing, DOD routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in systems that were under development, yet program officials GAO met with believed their systems were secure and discounted some test results as unrealistic. Using relatively simple tools and techniques, testers were able to take control of systems and largely operate undetected, due in part to basic issues such as poor password management and unencrypted communications. Terrified/horrified yet? In addition, vulnerabilities that DOD is aware of likely represent a fraction of total vulnerabilities due to testing limitations. The Government Accountability Office's report contains nearly no good news. Just bad news on top of bad news with the chilling reminder that these are weapons systems so a malicious attack could do more than damage systems or exfiltrate sensitive data. It could actually kill people. Why is the Defense Department's… um… defense in such shoddy shape? Well, it didn't get that way overnight. It took literally ...

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