has been especially brutal in the internet security world. A slew of corporate
and government hacks conducted by groups like LulzSec (Lulz
Security), Anonymous and Goatse Security have
resulted in the loss of millions of confidential files, data and even credit
card numbers. Sony, one of the main targets during these hacks, may be boasting about how "great" the loss of customer
data turned out to be for its company in particular, but its
hard to argue that every hack that took place has been damaging in one way or
Now, new reports show that foreign hackers were able to steal 24,000
U.S. military files in a single attack on the Pentagon this
past March. The attack targeted a defense contractor, which remains anonymous for
now. The country suspected in the attack remains anonymous as well.
According to Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, cyber attacks have compromised
government systems like satellite communications systems,
network security protocols, surveillance technologies and aircraft avionics.
Military hardware such as missile tracking systems and the Joint Strike Fighter
jet have been put in harms way as well.
Lynn added that terabytes of data have been "extracted from defense
companies over the past decade."
"Current countermeasures have not stopped this outflow of sensitive
information," said Lynn. "We need to do more to guard our digital
storehouses of design innovation."
The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security are doing just
that with a new pilot program that offers enhanced
protection of computer networks. The government will do so in
concert with certain defense companies, where classified threat intelligence is
shared with defense contractors or commercial ISPs.
"By furnishing this threat intelligence, we are able to help strengthen
these companies' existing cyber defenses," said Lynn.