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The U.S. Army invested more than a trillion dollars in his arsenal of weapons. However, a report states that not enough attention has been paid to its security. Critical cyber vulnerabilities are said to have been found in the advanced weapon systems.

This is apparent from a report by the US Government Accountability Office (GOA). The report states that the US Department of Defense had not given priority to cyber security in the construction of its advanced weapon systems. Automation and connectivity are crucial to Defence’s modern military capabilities. But they make weapon systems vulnerable to cyber attacks.

No priority for security

For decades, warnings have been issued about the possible risks of cyber attacks. Until recently, however, the Ministry of Defence has not given priority to the cyber security of weapon systems. At the moment, we are still looking at ways of securing the weapon systems.

The Ministry of Defence is planning to invest no less than 1.66 trillion dollars in its portfolio of weapon systems. Before that investment could be made, GOA had to look at the state of the systems. This leads to this striking conclusion. Huge vulnerabilities were found in systems. Some officials opposed this by arguing that their systems were secure enough and that the test results were unrealistic.

However, the GOA’s investigation showed that very simple techniques could be used to take over systems. If there was a takeover, it wasn’t just detected. Simple things like mediocre passwords and unencrypted communication were some of the vulnerabilities that were found.

Take quick action

According to the report, the Ministry of Defence is taking steps to improve the security of its weapon systems. This includes improving and adapting policies. However, according to GOA, this work needs to be done quickly, as cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Last August it was discovered that a normal WiFi network can be used to detect weapons. These include firearms, bombs and explosive chemicals. Last July it was even revealed that a hacker had infiltrated the networks of the U.S. Air Force and had stolen files around a deadly drone and placed it on the darkweb.

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