The sophisticated cyberattack into U.S. defense contractor LockHeed Martin Corp. highlights the grave threat cyber criminals pose to companies, especially weapons manufacturers.
Though Lockheed claims the recent hack attack did not compromise the data on its customers, programs or employees as its cyber security team had detected the attack “almost immediately” and had taken “aggressive actions” to protect its computer network, the attack has exposed the vulnerability of companies and shows how cyber espionage is evolving and could become more of a serious threat to governments and companies in the near future.
For instance, Internet search engine giant Google acknowledged last year that it had been the victim of a sophisticated cyberattack that resulted in the loss of significant intellectual property.
Last month, Japanese consumer technology major Sony announced its PlayStation Network (PSN) was breached and the hackers could have probably stolen personal information of about 75 million PlayStation users, including credit card information.
Sony had to shut down PSN for several weeks. Sony’s Qriocity music service also went offline after the company discovered that personal information of over 25 million users were stolen.