New Study: Hacking terrorists could trigger Armageddon

If terrorists can get in touch with the right hackers, they could start a gigantic nuclear war, and the chances of this happening are growing more likely every day. At least that's what the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) asserts in its latest research, saying that if terrorists could just break into some key computer systems, worldwide nuclear conflagration could result.

Yeah, right. Combine the words "hacker," "nuclear," and "the Internet," a you have a recipe for ginning up world-class fear. But this is not some fantasy battle. It's real. Think about this for a second: If you were a terrorist, which would you rather do — design and build your own nuclear weapon, or learn how to hack into a system controlling thousands of nuclear warheads? Launch a missile here and there, and suddenly ICBMs are flying all around the world.

While a report like this might make a good point or two, we're thinking nuclear weapons must have tighter security standards than, say, Bill O'Reilly's website. That said, there is a certain efficiency to the idea of an Islamic terrorist group starting up Armageddon between all the nuclear-armed nations, of which only one or two, Pakistan (and maybe Iran), is Islamic. Is this how the world ends?

The Guardian, via Kurzweil AI