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The attack targeted a defense contractor, which remains anonymous for now. The country suspected in the attack remains anonymous as well

This year 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 another.

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. 





"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)







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