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[ISN] Pentagon Admits Major Data Breach as It Unveils Defensive Cyber-Strategy
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
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.
âIt is a significant concern that over the past decade terabytes of data
have been extracted by foreign intruders from corporate networks of
defense companies,â 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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