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Lockheed Martin Hack Investigated by FBI

An FBI investigation has been launched to determine whether the May 21 cyber attack on Lockheed Martin's computers resulted from “poor hygiene, if nothing was infiltrated and nothing taken or something more,“ a Pentagon official said.

“The FBI has the lead because it's a criminal activity,“ Robert J. Butler, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, said in an interview, according to Bloomberg.

The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force will lead the probe, but Butler did not elaborate what the Pentagon would do if the investigation revealed malicious intent by state or non-state actors.

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Center for a New American Security, Butler said the Pentagon determined the impact of the attack on the Defense Department was minimal, based on information provided by Lockheed Martin.

The world’s largest defense contractor said May 28 its computer network had suffered a “significant and tenacious“ attack that was detected immediately. Lockheed Martin Chief Information Officer Sondra Barbour said the company “took swift and deliberate actions” to beef up security, including shutting down a virtual private network, resetting user passwords and upgrading SecurID tokens, among other measures.

“Throughout the ongoing investigation, Lockheed Martin has continued to keep the appropriate U.S. government agencies involved and informed of our actions,” Barbour said in a release. “We recognize that these actions may have resulted in short-term disruptions for you, but I can assure you that we continue to work around the clock to restore employee access to the network, while maintaining the highest level of security.”

 

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