Trident could be used AGAINST UK in ‘devastating’ nuclear missile cyber attack

Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

HACKERS could get into nuclear weapon systems and launch missiles with “devastating consequences”, a report warns.

By Paul Harper
11th January 2018

Chatham House think tank fears “vulnerabilities” mean systems such as Trident could be compromised by malware or viruses.

Cyber attacks could see nuclear powers deploy weapons against another country “inadvertently” based on false information, according to the Chatham House report.

The US may have infiltrated parts of North Korea’s missile systems last year and caused test failures.

And two German-owned Patriot missiles in Turkey were hacked in 2015, according to Chatham House.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that whoever controls artificial intelligence in future will “control the world”.

Chatham House said the threat of a cyber nuclear attack from rogue states such as North Korea is “relatively high” with the potential for a “significant loss of life”.

The report says: “Nuclear weapons systems were first developed at a time when computer capabilities were in their infancy and little consideration was given to potential malicious cyber vulnerabilities.

“At times of heightened tension, cyber attacks on nuclear weapons systems could cause an escalation, which results in their use.

“Inadvertent nuclear launches could stem from an unwitting reliance on false information and data.

“Moreover, a system that is compromised cannot be trusted in decision-making.”

It continues: ”Cyber vulnerabilities within nuclear weapons systems and structures present a whole set of dangers and risks.

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