WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers launched a “significant and tenacious” cyber attack on Lockheed Martin, a major defense
contractor holding highly sensitive information, but its secrets remained safe, the company said Saturday.

Lockheed Martin, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon confirmed that the contractor’s information systems had come under attack. Lt. Col. April Cunningham, speaking for the Defense Department, said the impact on the Pentagon “is minimal and we don’t expect any adverse effect.”

Still, the concerted attempt to breach the contractor’s systems underscored the risk to the nation’s critical defense data. Chris Ortman, Homeland Security spokesman, said his agency and the Pentagon were working with the company to determine the breadth of the attack and “provide recommendations to mitigate further risk.”

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

As a result, “our systems remain secure; no customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised.” The company’s security team is still working to restore employee access to the targeted network. Neither Lockheed Martin nor the federal agencies revealed specifics of the attack.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. larry says:

    This is just the beginning. What we have to worry about is a cyber terrorist taking out our power grid when the temperature is in the 90’s and all generators are at max in the power plants. All of our utilities are separate entities with different levels of protection. When they find the weak link and take them down, the cascade will take down all the rest (Ala N.Y. Blackout 2003). When generators trip off at max capacity they are ruined. It would take months to restore power. Stock up on dry beans and charcoal. (38 years experience in high voltage repair and test)

  2. ratm33 says:

    Like the government would tell us the truth if anything was stolen. Our government is worse than most of these other ones that everyone wants to be seen taken over. Our government sucks, they lie cheat and do not obey the constitution that was put in place to protect us.

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