[ISN] Pentagon Admits Major Data Breach as It Unveils Defensive Cyber-Strategy

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:14:51 -0700 (MST)

By: Fahmida Y. Rashid

The Pentagon admitted a defense contractor had suffered a major data 
breach in March in a speech announcing a cyber-strategy plan emphasizing 
defensive tactics.

A foreign government was behind a March cyber-attack against military 
computers that led to 24,000 files being stolen from a defense 
contractor, the Department of Defense said. The intruders were after 
files related to missile tracking systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and 
the Joint Strike Fighter.

The revelation came in a July 14 speech at the National Defense 
University in Washington, D.C., by William Lynn, the deputy secretary of 
defense. The main purpose of the speech was for Lynn to elaborate on the 
Department of Defense's plans to defend U.S. networks against 
cyber-attacks. The plans include defending key civilian networks 
controlled by transportation and utility companies and financial 
institutions from cyber-attacks.

“It is a significant concern that over the past decade terabytes of data 
have been extracted by foreign intruders from corporate networks of 
defense companies,” Lynn said.

The departments of Defense and Homeland Security have jointly created a 
pilot program called Defense Industrial Base Cyber-Pilot to share 
classified information with defense contractors and commercial ISPs.


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