October 24, 2017

Lockheed Martin hit by massive cyber attack

With toys like this in the Lockheed Martin cupboard the hackers had better hope their geographical location does not end up getting pinpointed.

Giant US aerospace company Lockheed Martin has been hit by a massive cyber attack that took place last week.

Lockheed Martin says the threat was detected quickly and their internal security team prevented any sensitive programmes being accessed.

The Pentagon says it is looking into the breach to try and assess the extent of the attack. Spokesperson, Lt Colonel April Cunningham, said at this stage the impact on the Pentagon was “minimal and we don’t expect any adverse effect”.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s biggest weaponry manufacturer with a product line that includes, jet fighters, missiles and warships.

Lockheed Martin said in a statement that it detected the attack on 21 May “almost immediately” and took counter-measures.

As a result, the company said, “our systems remain secure; no customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised”.

But they are still working to restore employee access several days after the attack took place.

So that makes it no worse than an average day in an office where systems crash routinely and access is denied.

Cyber attacks seem to be the new hobby for talented people who want to test their skill against the biggest and most pretected netwoks pn the planet.

The only hastle is that it is the taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill for this cat and mouse game of cyber chess.