CYBER SECURITY BREACHES HAVE CAUSED MAJOR INCREASES IN DEFENSE PROGRAM COSTS

David Fulghum, Bill Sweetman, and Amy Butler over at Aviation Week have put together an eye-opening piece about US cyber security when it comes to major weapons technologies. The key focus of the article (linked below) is that such attacks have caused major increases in the cost of key defense programs. That is a very interesting point, although what I find most intriguing in the piece is the amount of detail that has been put together regarding the circumstances that such attacks actually took place. When these breaches have occurred the defense contractors involved have seemed to have always downplayed them, often remarking that only superficial information was compromised. That apparently is not the case. It would seem that is some cases those on the other end of these cyber espionage events actually were able to sit in on virtual meetings about the progress and developmental details of major weapons systems.

It is said in the article that the now infamous 2009 hacking attack on Lockheed Martin, which seemed to have been focused on the F-35 program, apparently did not. Instead the victim of this massive attack was a classified system. This breach resulted in tens of thousands of pages of design documents being stolen, and it would seem that the program was in effect totally compromised. Was this secret defense program the RQ-170 Sentinel? Is it possible that Chinese hackers had enough information on the machine to in fact help Iran bring it down? It is a big pot of conjecture, but an interesting theory none-the-less…

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=awst&id=news/awst/2012/02/06/AW_02_06_2012_p30-419987.xml&headline=China%27s%20Role%20In%20JSF%27s%20Spiraling%20Costs&next=10

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One Response to CYBER SECURITY BREACHES HAVE CAUSED MAJOR INCREASES IN DEFENSE PROGRAM COSTS

  1. nico says:

    On DEBKA, which is really one heck of a rumor mill, anyways, new theory is that really the Chinese took down RQ170 over Iran. Makes sense with that AVWeek article about cyber crime, that China was interested in a black program, maybe RQ170 or something else and they figured out, hey, let’s grab one.

    With that article, one really has to wonder if the entire project JSF hasn’t been so compromised that the notion that it is so far advanced to PAKFA or J20 is ludicrous, considering that China or probably even Russia can develop counter measures before JSF is even in service!!!

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