Cyberattacks on Russia—the nation with the most nuclear weapons—pose a global threat

By M. V. Ramana, Mariia Kurando, January 2, 2019

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Russia has experienced a number of cyberattacks in recent years. Such attacks could pose a risk to the command and control system for its nuclear weapons because of a high degree of reliance on computers and communication systems. Policies that call for quick launch of missiles accentuate this risk. The practice of cyberattacks, especially on military systems, should be stopped, and missiles should be taken off postures that allow them to be launched at short notice.

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