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Why we shouldn’t worry that our nuclear weapons are run by ancient, out-of-date tech

01
May
2014

So it turns out that America’s nuclear weapons system still uses the same 8-inch floppy disks that it used in the 1980s. Geek.com has a good rundown of why we shouldn’t be too concerned about this revelation and it basically boils down to this: Our system for controlling our nuclear arsenal isn’t broke and trying to fix it could be a really bad idea. One advantage of running the world’s deadliest weapons on such old technology is that it isn’t hooked up to the Internet and is thus invulnerable to any hacking attempts. What’s more, the technology being used is so old and antiquated that finding people who know the ins and outs of its vulnerabilities is rather difficult. “The distinct upside

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