WASHINGTON - 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 … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Lockheed Martin hit by cyber attack
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The attempted hacking of defense contractor Lockheed Martin once again shined the spotlight on the security of the high-tech infrastructure guarding the United States' most closely held secrets. The threat of attacks by enemies of the United States on the country's cyber security is one that has been known about for years, officials and experts in the field of national security have said. (Last year, a former chief of U.S. intelligence told "60 Minutes" that the United States was unprepared for cyber attacks.) Cyber war: Sabotaging the systemVideo: Full "60 Minutes" segmentVideo: Hacking the D.O.D. Joel Brenner, who held the title of national counterintelligence executive from 2006 to 2009, told the Reuters news agency Tuesday that not just Lockheed Martin but most large defense contractors, if not all of them, have had their networks breached. "This has been happening since the late '90s," he told Reuters before referring to China, Iran and Russia, three countries he said are the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Cyber attack shows constant threat to key intel
LONDON - Private computer experts advised U.S. officials on how cyber attacks could damage Libya's oil and gas infrastructure and rob Muammar Qaddafi's regime of crucial oil revenue, according to a study obtained by hackers. It remains unclear who commissioned "Project Cyber Dawn" and how much of a role the U.S. government played in it, but it shows the increasing amount of work being done by private companies in exposing foreign governments' vulnerabilities to cyber attack. Official version of "Project Cyber Dawn" (pdf) "For the private sector to be making recommendations ... that's a level of ambition that you would not have seen until very recently," said Eli Jellenc, a cyber security expert with VeriSign Inc. who is not linked to the study or its authors. The study outlined ways to disable the coastal refinery at Ras Lanouf using a computer virus similar to the Stuxnet worm that led to a breakdown in Iran's enrichment program late last year. It catalogued several pieces of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Experts advised U.S. how to cyber attack Libya
Japanese video game developer Sega announced Sunday that hackers broke into its database and stole the personal information of more than one million customers. The breach, CBS News Correspondent Elaine Quijano reports, is just the latest in a string of cyber-attacks on corporations, government contractors, and even the CIA. Last week, computer hackers forced a shutdown of the CIA's public website for more than two hours. It claims no sensitive information was at risk, but Internet security experts say it was still a huge embarrassment for the for the government's top spy agency.Games company Sega becomes latest hacking victimLulSec offers to help Sega "destroy" hackersJim Stickley, co-founder of TraceSecurity, a cyber security company, told CBS News, "It's never a good thing when you're the CIA and your website has data talking about a hacker. " While the attack was deemed harmless, the same can't be said of the breach of government contractor Lockheed Martin last month. That's when … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo String of cyber attacks threat to U.S. security?
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - U.S. utilities and industries face a rising number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official said during the government's first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure. Acting DHS Deputy Undersecretary Greg Schaffer told reporters Thursday that the world's utilities and industries increasingly are becoming vulnerable as they wire their industrial machinery to the Internet. "We are connecting equipment that has never been connected before to these global networks," Schaffer said. Disgruntled employees, hackers and perhaps foreign governments "are knocking on the doors of these systems, and there have been intrusions." Pentagon extends cyber defense systemStudy: U.S. cyber intelligence lackingVideo: Feds seek recruits at hacker convention According to the DHS, Control System Security Program cyber experts based … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Cyber attacks mounting fast in U.S.
TEHRAN, Iran - A senior Iranian military official said Monday that Tehran's nuclear and other industrial facilities suffer periodic cyber attacks, but that the country has the technology to protect itself from the threat, an official news agency reported. Iran considers itself to have been waging a complicated cyber war since 2010, when a virus known as Stuxnet disrupted controls of some nuclear centrifuges. "Most enemy threats target nuclear energy sites as well as electronic trade and banking operations," said Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads an Iranian military unit in charge of combating sabotage. Jalali said that in addition to Stuxnet, Iran has discovered two espionage viruses, Stars and Doku, but that the malware did no harm to Iran's nuclear or industrial sites. Iran says Stuxnet and other computer virus attacks are part of a concerted campaign by Israel, the U.S. and their allies to undermine its nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran's nuclear program aims to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Iran: Our nuke labs immune to cyber attacks
(CNET) A complex targeted virus has been discovered stealing data in the Middle East, security researchers announced today. The malware -- dubbed Flame -- has been operation since 2010 and appears to be a state sponsored, Kaspersky Labs said today, but it was not sure of its origins. Flame is designed to steal information about targeted systems and stored files as well as computer display contents and audio conversations, CNET reports. "The complexity and functionality of the newly discovered malicious program exceed those of all other cyber menaces known to date," Kaspersky Labs said in statement announcing the malware's discovery. The virus is about 20 times the size of Stuxnet, malware that targeted the controls of an Iranian nuclear facility. The largest concentration of infected machines is in Iran, followed by Israel/Palestine region, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. "The preliminary findings of the research, conducted upon an urgent request from ITU, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Massive cyber-attack dubbed Flame uncovered in Middle East, say researchers
Last Updated Sep 11, 2015 3:39 PM EDT The FBI warned companies Friday that hackers inspired by Islamic extremists may attempt to conduct a cyber-attack to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports."The FBI is aware of threats regarding cyber-attacks aimed to coincide with the anniversary of September 11th," the agency said in a statement. "While website defacements and the posting of personally identifiable information have become too common, the FBI takes all threats seriously and will investigate as appropriate."The bureau wants companies to be prepared, Pegues reports. Law enforcement has been working on partnerships with the private sector as a way of increasing vigilance against cyber-attacks.Friday's warning follows claims of a cyber-attack inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria revealing the personal information of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Investigators haven't … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo FBI warns companies of ISIS-inspired cyber-attack
That the fragile cease-fire in Ukraine collapsed in the first dark hours of July should not surprise observers; Russia has pursued low-level cyber hostilities against Kiev nearly since the onset of the crisis, and certainly during the recent short-lived peace offensive. Nor should we be startled by reports that cyber warriors sought to sabotage May's presidential election in Ukraine with bogus vote tallies and came close to gifting far-right, pro-Moscow candidate Dmytro Yarosh with 37 percent when he really got less than 1 percent. More instructive is the fact that the Kremlin has not upped the stakes with an overt cyber-attack on Ukraine's critical infrastructure. An assault that cripples Kiev's military command and control, civilian fiscal and energy systems, even air traffic control and broadcasting is believed feasible, but remains tucked away, unexploited, in a sealed folder on a Russian general's desk. That speaks volumes about the unpredictability of cyber weapons. The effects … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Why hasn’t Russia unleashed a cyber attack on Ukraine?
Cyber attacks have been in the news a lot lately. From cases of ransomware holding hospital records hostage to the hack that crippled Sony t0 the security breach that left VTech toys vulnerable, a lot of damage can be done if companies don't adequately protect their data. But oftentimes, signs that a system has been compromised are not clear until it's too late. Human analysts may miss the evidence, while automated detection systems tend to generate a lot of false alarms. What's the solution? Cue the rise of artificial intelligence, or at least AI that can work in tandem with human analysts to spot digital clues that could be signs of trouble. A research team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and machine-learning startup PatternEx have developed an artificial intelligence platform called AI2 -- or AI "squared" -- that can predict cyber attacks 85 percent of the time, working together with input from human analysts. This is about three times … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Artificial intelligence could help predict cyber attacks