U.S. Nuclear Missiles Safe from Hackers Thanks to Floppy Disks

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Thu, May 1st, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to ICBM forces commander Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, the U.S. arsenal of Minuteman missiles is safe and sound from cyberthreats thanks to the fact that "they're not Internet-connected and they use such old hardware and software."

While on the base, missileers showed Stahl the 8-inch floppy disks they use as part of launch commands for the missiles. Later, in an interview with Weinstein, Stahl described the disk she was shown as "gigantic," and said she had never seen one that big. Weinstein explained, "Those older systems provide us some, I will say, huge safety, when it comes to some cyber issues that we currently have in the world."

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