Report: Most US weapons programmes contain 'significant vulnerabilities'

An annual report released by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester indicates that a majority of the US government's weapons programmes contain “significant vulnerabilities.”

Many of the bugs stem from outdated and unpatched software, said Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation for the Department of Defence, in his 366-page report released on Jan. 20.

Due to the evolving threat landscape and upgraded cybercriminal techniques it is “likely that the determined cyber adversaries can acquire a foothold in most (Department of Defence) networks” and could even “degrade important DoD missions when and if they chose to,” Gilomore said. While programme managers resolved previous issues discovered in recent years, this year's report has uncovered a slew of new vulnerabilities.

The study comes on the heels of the president's State of the Union address, in which he discussed cybersecurity legislation.