Foreign spies stole weapons data from U.S. contractor.

Foreign spies broke into a U.S. defense contractor’s computer network…

Foreign spies broke into a U.S. defense contractor’s computer network and stole valuable weapons data, Pentagon officials disclosed for the first time on Thursday in releasing a cybersecurity strategy aimed at bolstering Internet defenses.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III declined to name the contractor or to provide further details of the intrusion in March, except to say that 24,000 files “related to [weapons] systems being developed for the Department of Defense” had been stolen.

“We think it was a foreign intelligence service,” he said, adding that such thefts were the most common forms of cyber-attack directed at the United States.

“The most prevalent cyberthreat to date has been exploitation — the theft of information and intellectual property from government and commercial networks,” he said in a speech at the National Defense University, calling such attacks “deeply corrosive in the long term.”

Source: By Shaun Waterman for The Washington Times.

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