US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security
GAO report finds more holes than a Swiss cheese, and very little hope for improvement
If you were worried about the state of US military security systems you might not want to read the results of its latest audit.
A “red teamer” cracked into a US Department of Defense system and rebooted it, but nobody noticed: the system suffered unexplained crashes. In another case, testers “caused a pop-up message to appear on users’ terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.”
That and a thousand other delicious details can be found in a report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released October 9, “Weapon Systems Cybersecurity: DOD Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Vulnerabilities”.
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