Lockheed Martin Confirms It Came Under Attack

Lockheed Martin confirms it came under attack

by Arik Hesseldahl
AllThingsDDefense contractor Lockheed Martin confirmed last night that the network problems it has been contending with during the last several days are the result of a “significant and tenacious attack” carried out against its network.

The company says that because its information security team detected the attack right away and took aggressive action to ward it off, its systems remain secure.

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department have offered to help Lockheed determine the extent of the attack. It’s not known as yet if any data was taken or who the attackers are. Reuters is also citing a “person with direct knowledge” saying the attackers had broken into sensitive Lockheed Martin networks, and similar networks run by other U.S. defense contractors.

They breached security systems designed to keep out intruders by creating duplicates of “SecurID” electronic keys from EMC’… Read full post & comments

Hackers have broken into the computer systems of Lockheed Martin and other major U.S. weapons manufacturers, potentially gaining access to information about future weapons programs as well as military technology currently in use, according to a Reuters report.

In an early report, the news agency cited a defense official and “two sources familiar with the issue.” It has since said that it’s unclear what–if any–data had been stolen.

A Lockheed representative told The Wall Street Journal, which cited its own unnamed source, that the company wouldn’t comment on any specific incident but that “we have policies and procedures in place to mitigate the cyberthreats to our business, and we remain confident in the integrity of our robust, multilayered information systems security.”

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