US defence firm Lockheed Martin hit by cyber-attack

Posted in: Legal & Security at 30/05/2011 15:11

US defence firm Lockheed Martin says it has come under a significant cyber-attack, which took place last week.

Few details were available, but Lockheed said its security team had detected the threat quickly and ensured that none of its programmes had been compromised.

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A spokeswoman said no personal data had been compromised, thanks to "almost immediate" protective action taken after the attack was detected on 21 May.

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Lockheed Martin Corp., the U.S. government's top information technology provider, said on Saturday it had thwarted "a significant and tenacious attack" on its information systems network a week ago but was still working to restore employee access.

No customer, program or employee personal data was compromised thanks to "almost immediate" protective action taken after the attack was detected May 21, Jennifer Whitlow, a company spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.

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The Department of Homeland Security "is aware of a cyber incident impacting" Lockheed and, together with the Department of Defense, has offered help in "determining the extent of the incident, performing analysis of available data in order to provide recommendations to mitigate further risk," Chris Ortman, a spokesman for the agency, said in an e-mail yesterday.

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