Cyber Threats to Nuclear Weapons: Should We Worry?

Posted by ap507 at Jan 25, 2017 03:45 PM |
In an interview for NTI, Dr Andrew Futter comments on the US's nuclear arsenal and if it is safe from cyberattack

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Dr Andrew Futter from the School of History, Politics and International Relations has been interviewed by NTI about the US's nuclear arsenal and if it is safe from cyberattack.

In the article he outlines what 'cyber' actually means, if a hacker could detonate a nuclear weapon or launch a nuclear missile and the international implications of cyber threats.

In the interview he says: "In my research I was surprised by three things. First, was the overwhelming confidence of government and military officials in several countries that I spoke with that their systems could not be hacked. Second, was the way that so much of the cyber debate is hindered by a lack of an accepted definition or common understanding of what cyber means. Third, was the extent to which humans and the human-computer interface are often the easiest target and biggest security risk in cyber operations."

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Think: Leicester does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Leicester - it expresses the independent views and opinions of the academic who has authored the piece. If you do not agree with the opinions expressed, and you are a doctoral student/academic at the University of Leicester, you may write a counter opinion for Think: Leicester and send to ap507@le.ac.uk