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Lockheed says thwarted "tenacious" cyber attack

(2011-05-29 20:14:38)
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Lockheed says thwarted "tenacious" cyber attack

洛克希德马丁公司称挫败一起持久的网络袭击

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(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp., the U.S. government's top information technology provider, said on Saturday it had thwarted "a significant and tenacious attack" on its information systems network a week ago but was still working to restore employee access.

No customer, program or employee personal data was compromised thanks to "almost immediate" protective action taken after the attack was detected May 21, Jennifer Whitlow, a company spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement.

She said the company, the world's biggest aerospace company and the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier by sales, was working around the clock to restore employee access to the targeted network while maintaining the highest security level.

The U.S. Defense Department said in statement late Saturday night that it was working with Lockheed to determine the scope of the attack.

The incident's impact on the department is "minimal and we don't expect any adverse effect," Air Force Lieutenant Colonel April Cunningham said by email.

She declined to specify the nature of the impact, saying that as a matter of policy, the department does not not comment on operational matters.

The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, said that it and the Defense Department had offered to help curb the risk from the incident.

(路透社)--美国政府顶级信息技术供应商洛克希德马丁公司周六称,一周前它挫败一起针对它信息系统网络的重大持久网络攻击,但是现在仍然在努力恢复员工使用权限。

攻击5月21号被侦测到,幸亏了“即刻保护指令”的响应,没有客户、项目和员工的数据泄露,公司发言人JW在一份电子邮件声明中说到。

她称,全球最大的航空航天公司和五角大楼采购的最大供应商洛克希德马丁公司正在日夜不停地努力恢复员工进入指定网站的权限,并且维持着最高安全级别。

美国国防部在周六晚些时候的一份声明中称它正和洛克希德马丁公司合作一起确定攻击的广度。

事件对国防部的影响是“最小化的,而且我们看不到任何负面的影响,”美国空军中尉CAC在一份电子邮件中写道。

她拒绝详述影响的性质,把这次攻击称为一次政治事件,国防部对此没有发表评论。

美国国土安全局称它和国防部已提供帮助以遏制来自这次事件中的风险。

Lockheed is the maker of the F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets as well as warships and other multibillion-dollar arms systems sold worldwide.

There was no word on where the attack may have originated. Military contractors' systems contain technical specifications on weapons under development as well as those currently in use.

The U.S. government has offered to help Lockheed analyze "available data in order to provide recommendations to mitigate further risk," Chris Ortman, a DHS official, said in an e-mailed reply to a query from Reuters.

A person with direct knowledge told Reuters on Friday that unknown attackers had broken into sensitive networks of Lockheed and several other U.S. military contractors.

Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman, the Pentagon's No. 2 and No. 3 suppliers respectively, declined to discuss matters involving corporate security.

CYBER ESPIONAGE

U.S. officials may investigate a cyber breach at a company's request. DHS, the lead agency for securing federal civilian networks, can deploy a team to analyze infected systems, develop mitigation strategies, advise on efforts to restore service and make recommendations for improving overall network security.

商洛克希德马丁公司是F16、F22和F35战斗机的制造商,同时也制造军舰和其它一些价值几十亿美元的销往全球武器系统。

没有任何迹象表明攻击来自哪里。美国主要军事任务包商的系统里载有研发中的武器技术规格数据,也包括正在服役武器的技术规格数据。

美国政府已向商洛克希德马丁公司提供帮助分析“可行的数据以提供好的办法阻止更大的风险,”美国国土安全部CO在回复路透社一封询问邮件中说到。

周五,消息可靠人士向路透社透露,未确定的攻击者已侵入商洛克希德马丁公司和其他一些美国主要军事任务承包商的敏感网络。

 五角大楼排名第二和第三的供应商,波音客机和诺斯洛普·格鲁门公司拒绝就涉及合作安全方面发表评论。

网络间谍

美国官员可能应公司的要求调查这次网络犯罪。保护联邦公民网络的美国国土安全局能够布署一个小组分析已感染的系统、研发对应战略、提供恢复服务的建议和研发出改进整个网络安全的方法。

Several top cybersecurity experts with extensive government dealings said they were in the dark about the origin of the attack.

"I think it tells us that DHS doesn't know much about what's going on either," said Anup Ghosh, a former senior scientist at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency who worked on securing military networks.

Ghosh, who now runs Invincea, a software security company, said there had been a string of intrusions against defense contractors, security companies and U.S. government labs, including the U.S. Energy Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, since the start of this year.

These attacks typically were carried out through so-called "spear-phish" inducements to click on a certain link to web sites or through emailed attachments carrying malicious code.

Once so compromised, a computer can surreptitiously download other code that can log a victim's key strokes, giving an attacker a path to potentially wide network access.

"Defense industrials is where our military technology secrets are," Ghosh said in an email interview. "What's happening here is nothing short of theft of a nation."

一些与政府有密切合作的顶级网络专家称他们对攻击的源头一无所知。

“我认为这次攻击告诉了我们,美国国土安全局也不知道接下来会发生什么,”前五角大楼国防高等研究计划局高级科学家AG说到,当时他的职责是于保护军事网络安全。

目前效力于软件安全公司的AG称今年年初就已发生了一连串针对美国主要军事任务包商、证券公司和美国政府实验室的网络攻击,其中包括美国能源部门的美国橡树岭国家实验室。

这些攻击明显是通过被称作“spear-phish”的诱导点击了网站的一个特定链接执行的。或者是通过发送携带病毒代码电子邮件执行的。

一旦入侵成功,电脑能够暗中下载其它代码,这些代码会记录入侵电脑的键击数据,这将给攻击者一条潜在宽广网络进入权。

“国防工业是我们军事技术的秘密所在,”AG在一次电子邮件采访中说到。“发生这种事和窃取国家没有什么区别。”

The person with direct knowledge told Reuters on Friday that an intrusion at Lockheed was related to a recent breach of "SecurID" token authentication technology from EMC Corp's EMC.N RSA security division.

Cyber intruders were reported in 2009 to have broken into computers holding data on Lockheed's projected $380 billion-plus F-35 fighter program, the Pentagon's costliest arms purchase.

A series of once-secret U.S. diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks website suggests that China has jumped ahead of the United States when it comes to cyber espionage.

More than 100 foreign intelligence organizations are trying to break into U.S. networks, Deputy U.S. Secretary of Defense William Lynn wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs last fall. Some already have the capacity to disrupt U.S. information infrastructure, he wrote.

消息可靠人士周五向路透社透露,对商洛克希德马丁公司的袭击与最近破坏“SecurID”身份确认技术相关,此技术由易安信公司的安全保卫子公司提供。

2009年报道过一则网络入侵,那次黑客侵入了商洛克希德马丁公司载有超过3800亿美元F35战斗机项目数据的电脑,这是五角大楼最大手笔的军事采购。

维基泄密网站公布的一系列美国外交电缆曾经的机密,认为在网络间谍方面,中国已领先于美国。

美国国防部副部长去年秋天在《外交事务》期刊中写到,超过100个国外情报组织下在试图入侵美国网络。一些行为已能够扰乱美国信息基础设施,他写到。

http://www.reuters.com/

 

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