Hunt for Red Bugtober: US military’s weapon systems riddled with security holes

Computer security vulnerabilities are widespread in US military hardware, and the Pentagon is only beginning to understand how to fix them.

This is according to a October report on cybersecurity practices in Uncle Sam’s armed forces, drawn up by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Leading with the subtle title “DOD Just Beginning to Grapple with Scale of Vulnerabilities,” the dossier outlines how known exploitable flaws in components like micro-controllers, industrial control system boards, and management software, are being left un-patched with little in the way of plans to address them. That’s bad news as more and more stuff is hooked up to computer networks and the internet, from where holes can be potentially exploited.

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