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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp., the 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.
She said the company, the world's biggest aerospace company and the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier
The defense company recently made news after it purchased a state-of-the-art 128-bit quantum computer from quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave — one of the first commercially available quantum computers — which could be applied to security and advanced encryption projects. The purchase seems oddly appropriate given the highly sensitive information that might have been compromised in the company’s latest cyber incident.
Lockheed Martin’s network contains sensitive data about contracts and defense technology that is currently in development. The network also holds sensitive information about state-of-the-art technology that is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan — possibly similar to the stealth helicopter used in a raid that lead to the death of Osama bin Laden. The government did not say whether any sensitive information was compromised from Lockheed Martin’s private network.
(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp., the 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.
The incident's impact on the department is "minimal and we don't expect any adverse effect," Air Force Lieutenant Colonel April Cunningham said by email.
She declined to specify the nature of the impact, saying that as a matter of policy, the department does not comment on operational matters.
The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, said that it and the Defense Department had offered to help curb the risk from the incident.
Lockheed is the maker of the F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets as well as warships and other multibillion-dollar arms systems sold worldwide.
Lockheed Martin said in a late evening statement that the company's security team detected the threat quickly and no customer, program or employee personal data had been compromised. The Pentagon said the impact on its operations is "minimal."
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