Prison » Department of Defense weapons systems can ‘easily be hacked’ with many using default passwords allowing testers to take complete control of them ‘within seconds’, shocking report warns

Daily Mail
October 10, 2018

US weapons systems being developed by the US Department of Defense can be easily be hacked by adversaries, a chilling new government report has warned.

It found many systems are still using default passwords, while testers using easily available tools were able to gain full access to others within seconds.

The testers also looked for previously reported vulnerabilities, and in one instance, only one in 20 had been fixed.

The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon was unaware of how easy it could be for an adversary to gain access to the computer brains and software of the weapons systems and operate inside them undetected.

The weak points began with poor password management and unencrypted communications, it said.

‘Poor password management was a common problem in the test reports we reviewed.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 6:19 am

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