Federal officials have evidence that ‘hackers accessed their networks as part of an extensive espionage operation that has affected at least half a dozen federal agencies.’ The DOE and NNSA oversee US nuclear energy and nuclear weapons capacities respectively.
‘The continued existence of nuclear weapons poses a threat to human survival, and cyber-attacks on nuclear infrastructure are one way in which catastrophe could come to pass.
Though American officials insist that hackers did not access critical defence systems, the penetration of Washington’s nuclear capacities underlines the heightened danger of possessing nuclear weapons in a world of cyber and hybrid warfare.
Nuclear weapons are a threat to us all. To ensure real security, our starting point must be their abolition.’