Great news! US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches

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via engadget:

It now has a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution.”

As we alarmingly learned in 2014, the US military has been using 8-inch floppy disks in an antiquated ’70s computer to receive nuclear launch orders from the President. Now, the US strategic command has announced that it has replaced the drives with a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution,” Lt. Col. Jason Rossi told c4isrnet.com.

The storage is used in an ancient system called the Strategic Automated Command and Control System, or SACCS. It’s used by US nuclear forces to send emergency action messages from command centers to field forces, and is unhackable precisely because it was created long before the internet existed. “You can’t hack something that doesn’t have an IP address. It’s a very unique system — it is old and it is very good,” Rossi said.

 

 

 

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