The Pentagons No. 1 supplier, Lockheed Martin Corp, on Monday cited dramatic growth in the number and sophistication of international cyber attacks on its networks and said it was contacting suppliers to help them shore up their security.
The number of campaigns has increased dramatically over the last several years, Lockheed vice president and chief information security officer Chandra McMahon told a news conference. The pace has picked up.
U.S. officials have stepped up their warnings about cyber attacks on U.S. banks and other institutions in recent months, warning that attackers are developing the ability to strike U.S. power grids and government systems.
A well publicized cyber attack on Lockheeds networks in May 2011 came after the computer systems of two of its suppliers RSA, the security division of EMC Corp and another unidentified company were compromised.
The adversary was able to get information from RSA and then they were also able to steal information from another supplier of ours, and they were able to put those two pieces of information together and launch an attack on us, McMahon said.
Source: Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/13/net-us-lockheed-cyber-idUSBRE8AC02S20121113