Cyberwar and the ICBM force

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    I'm sure it wouldn't be easy but I wonder if it is physically possible for a hacker to penetrate the US nuclear force? The land based missile force suffers from poor morale, aging facilities, and lack of a mission. Who knows how bad things really are? I wonder if the network physically touches the internet.
     
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    The Minuteman system is still using their original old-school 8-inch floppies for control and launch sequences, and not connected at all to the Internet, aren't they?
     
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    Cyberwar and the ICBM force

    Beats me. However, I can confirm that in 2007 our entire American GPS constellation was run by Borland Pascal running on MS-DOS. I don't suppose an ICBM needs a whole lot of memory for its targeting data. 8" floppies probably work great.
     
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    I think I have an ancient book around here somewhere that contains examples of Pascal, right next to a math book that uses Fortran:p. No in all seriousness though, with something mission critical, they may be concerned about updating.
     
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    As I recall the GPS folks were getting an update in the near future. Anyway, this code was used to maintain orbits, not for any actual GPS operations. Orbit maintenance only requires a slight nudge now and again so it's really not that resource intensive. So they told me anyway.
     
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    Our nukes are protected by the battlestar galactic defense. A system so old, modern hackers can't get in or even know how to screw with it if they did. I'll try and goggle the source later.
     
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    You can't hack it if you can't reach it. They're not connected to the Internet.

     
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    Borland Pascal was a compiler. How could it "run" anything?
     
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    "On."
     

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