People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging — and hackers are already laying the groundwork.With the U.S. and Russia pulling out of a key nuclear weapons pact — and beginning to develop new nuclear weapons — plus Iran tensions and North Korea again test-launching missiles, the global threat to civilization is high. Some fear a new nuclear arms race.That threat is serious — but another could be as serious, and is less visible to the public. So far, most of the well-known hacking incidents, even those with foreign government backing, have done little more than steal data. Unfortunately, there are signs that hackers have placed malicious software inside U.S. power and water systems, where it's lying in wait, ready to be triggered. The U.S. military has also reportedly penetrated the computers that control Russian electrical systems.Many intrusions … [Read more...] about Hackers Could Kill More People Than a Nuclear Weapon
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Nervous ripples spread across U.S. social media Monday night (Sept. 30), as reports spread of China unveiling a scary-sounding new nuclear missile at a military parade.The missile is designed to move very fast, even for a ballistic missile. (That's why they call it "hypersonic.") It approaches its target at a lower altitude. And it can make abrupt changes in direction that make it hard to track or hit with an interceptor.An Associated Press tweet put the news in particularly alarming terms."China's military shows off a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the U.S. and its allies," the AP wrote above a link to an article describing the event.Related: 7 Technologies That Transformed WarfareThe AP isn't wrong. The Dongfeng-17, described as a "hypersonic glider," is specifically designed to be more difficult than usual to knock out of the sky, according to multiple news reports. But Americans don't need to … [Read more...] about Why You Shouldn’t Worry About China’s New ‘Hypersonic’ Nuclear Death Machine
If Russia and the United States launched an all-out nuclear war, it would spell disaster for everyone on Earth, a new study suggests. Not only would explosions, fires and radiation exposure kill millions in targeted cities, but a "nuclear winter" lasting months to years would also drastically alter the Earth's climate, causing freezing summers and worldwide famine.The Cold War may be over, but nuclear bombs are still uniquely destructive, and there's more than enough of them to cause climate catastrophe, said study co-author Alan Robock, an environmental scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "People think that nuclear weapons are just bigger bombs," he told Live Science. Related: 7 Technologies That Transformed WarfareBut they're not. When a nuclear bomb explodes, one-third of its energy goes into an immediate explosion of heat and light, according to a review published in the journal WIREs Climate Change. An aftershock follows this explosion, leveling any structures … [Read more...] about A Nuclear Winter Could Last Years After an All-Out War Between Russia and the US
North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that could be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, and has now threatened to attack Guam, a U.S. territory, according to several news reports.In response, President Donald Trump used some apocalyptic rhetoric of his own."North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump told reporters on Tuesday at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to news reports. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." [7 Strange Facts About North Korea]The saber rattling has raised concerns about the possibility of a nuclear attack on U.S. soil and heightened fears of doomsday. But is a global nuclear winter just around the corner?While the effects of a detonation on American soil would certainly be scary and could set off a larger global catastrophe, one nuclear attack in itself isn't a certain death sentence, as many people assume, said Michael May, a professor emeritus at … [Read more...] about Fire and Fury: How to Survive a Nuclear Attack
Editor's Note: This story was updated on Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. E.T.With tensions brewing between the United States and North Korea — highlighted by a flurry of nuclear missile tests and fighting words by both countries — the possibility of nuclear war seems closer than it has been in years, according to experts.Pentagon officials announced today (Nov. 28) that North Korea conducted a nuclear test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile with the range to reach Washington D.C. South Korean officials believe its hostile neighbor to the north could have the ability to pair such a missile with a nuclear warhead sometime in 2018, CNN reported.Though North Korea doesn't currently have the ability to nuke the United States capital, the mere possibility of a nuclear attack put people around the world on edge. In the event that North Korea did decide to attack the states, is there any way to stop nuclear missiles once they've been fired? [7 Strange Cultural Facts About … [Read more...] about Could the US Stop Nuclear Weapons?