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Cyberattack could trick world leader into launching nuclear missiles

Nuclear strikes could be launched by mistake because aging or unsophisticated weapons systems are vulnerable to cyberattacks, an international relations think tank warned Thursday. A hack could lead to false information being passed to decision makers during a crisis, the think tank, Chatham House, based in London, said in a new report. “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,” it said. “At times of heightened tension, cyberattacks on nuclear weapons systems could cause an escalation, which results in their use. Inadvertent ...