May 26, 2017

Nuclear weapons system could be rendered obsolete by cyber attacks

Former Defence Secretary Lord Browne has warned that the UK nuclear weapons system could be rendered obsolete by cyber attacks.

The ex-Labour minister told the BBC unless “weak spots” were protected, there was “no guarantee” of a reliable nuclear deterrent for the PM “when he needs to reach for it”.
Ex-Conservative Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind played down the risk.

The comments come ahead of a Commons debate on the future of Trident.
On Monday it was revealed the cost of renewing the system had risen to £31bn.

The government also said the start date for the replacement submarines had been put back until “the early 2030s” as it unveiled its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

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