Almost all of the Pentagon's newer weapons are vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new government report on cybersecurity tests from 2012 to 2017. Many of the testers, posing as hackers, were able to easily guess login information — some passwords had reportedly never been changed from their factory settings. The report said hackers used "simple tools and techniques ... to take control of systems and largely operate undetected." It also said the military failed to fix cybersecurity threats that were identified in earlier tests.
Class discussion: Does the vulnerability of the U.S. military to hackers surprise you? Why does the Pentagon seem to have such problems fixing simple cybersecurity threats like not changing passwords? If the nation’s weapons can be taken over by hackers, do you think other government operations are safe? How about elections? Do you trust government institutions, schools and businesses to keep your personal information safe? What are you doing to protect yourself from hackers? Do you use simple, unchanging passwords that are easy to guess?
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