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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 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.

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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