A major security breach has been revealed by the US Department of Defence, highlighting how hackers are increasingly attacking more high-profile targets.
The security breach happened way back in March, but the breach was only revealed yesterday evening when the Pentagon released a strategy for military operations in cyberspace. It was disclosed that the Department of Defence in the US suffered one of its worst cyber attacks in March when a foreign intelligence service hacked into the computer system of a corporate contractor obtaining access to 24,000 classified Pentagon files.
The US government refused to identify the military contractor whose system was compromised and would not speculate on which country was behind the attack. Cyber attacks have become front-page news recently in the US and the UK following the hacktivist group LulzSec attacking websites of major companies like Sony and Nintendo. While the LulzSec attacks were an inconvenience for the companies targeted, the group was seen as amateurish by many more serious hackers who are almost completely anonymous and don’t seek publicity.
“Current countermeasures have not stopped this outflow of sensitive information,” William J. Lynn III, the deputy defence secretary said during a speech at the National Defence University. “We need to do more to guard our digital storehouses of design innovation.” The new measures being put in place by the Obama administration call for dynamic defence, where security experts actively seek out potential threats instead of simply waiting for an attack.
Source: New York Times