Monday, March 20, 2006

Missile Shield == Hacker Heaven?

Defense Tech has this tasty morsel - Missile Shield: Hacker Heaven

It's bad enough that the $10 billion a year missile shield -- especially its ground-based interceptors -- routinely flunk their test runs.

But what's potentially worse is that the anti-missile system may have been left wide open to hackers, with "such serious security flaws that the agency and its contractor, Boeing, may not be able to prevent misuse of the system", according to a Defense Department Inspector General’s report.
Why am I not surprised? But seriously, think about it. Any such shield would have to be on a hair trigger, auto-pilot alert. Suddenly hacking could cause real damage — unlike the current hyped hacking threat, this could be real trouble.

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