Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cyber attack against Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is one of the largest defense firms in the world and prime contractor for the U.S. military - now the computer network of the group appears to have become an attack target by cyber criminals. Other military companies could be affected. Washington - It was the nightmare scenario for many large companies: In March, hackers had attacked the well-known U.S. security company RSA. Their goal was a common authentication system "SecurID" was used worldwide by many large companies - including from arms companies such as Lockheed Martin. The users who have a kind of key supporters - a so-called token - around with them, indicating a constantly changing code.

With this sequence and an additional password you can log in from outside his company's network. As RSA CEO Arthur Coviello the attack on "SecurID" conceded, the excitement was considerable. Security experts warned that RSA customers could be in the coming months, victims of cyber-attacks.

This seems to be now actually happened: Unknown have penetrated the network of Lockheed Martin, the news agency Reuters reported, citing the company's employees. According to the study to other defense companies to be affected - which remained unclear. Lockheed Martin is the largest contractor of the U.S. military, it produces various high-tech weapons from the fighter jet to the rocket. It would not he first time that the company's products are the target of cyber attacks. In April 2009 it was revealed that data thieves had stolen secret data on the likely developed by Lockheed stealth fighter F-35 "Lightning II".

Whether the company went astray this time too sensitive data is unclear. As industry insiders point out concerns secret information in defense companies - apparently in contrast to the Pentagon - is stored in separate networks that are not generally accessible from the outside. As the New York Times reported, but many Lockheed employees new SecurID tokens and passwords have received.

The company network is not temporarily been accessible from the outside. Expert warns of further attacks on the "SecurID" system according to Rick Moy, president of the computer security company NSS Labs, the attack on Lockheed could have been committed by the same perpetrators as the attack on RSA in March.

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