Recent U.S. Weapons Systems Hack Foreshadows Continued Investment in Cybersecurity
June 24, 2013
A nonpublic report received by The Washington Post late last month has identified over two dozen major U.S. defense and weapons systems that were compromised by an extended cyber exploitation mission. The report was compiled in January 2013 by the Defense Science Board (“DSB”) Task Force on Resilient Military Systems, a senior advisory group to the Department of Defense (“DoD”). A public version of the report is available, though it does not include the specific systems and technologies targeted in the breach. The public version also does not directly accuse China of perpetrating the breach, though The Washington Post has reported that “senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.”
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