Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest aerospace company and a key defence equipment supplier to the US armed forces recently found itself at the receiving end of a cyber-attack, new reports revealed.
Lockheed Martin officials confirmed the incident, but they also reassured all concerned parties that protective measures were taken as soon as the attack was discovered on May 21, and that potential damage to the company’s IT infrastructure was avoided. No outside parties have been able to confirm Lockheed Martin's assessment.
“Our systems remain secure; no customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised,” the defence firm said in a statement, The Drum reports.
Lockheed Martin is responsible for giving birth to a wide range of state-of-the-art military hardware including the F16, F22 Raptor, P3 Orion, Trident missiles and the DSCS-3 satellite, just to name a few.
The origin of the attack, as well as the possible motives behind it, are still being investigated and neither the company nor the US government has provided any details, except that the attack did actually take place.
Meanwhile, the government has come forward to help Lockheed Martin in order to help it analyse “available data in order to provide recommendations to mitigate further risk," Chris Ortman, a DHS official, reportedly told Reuters.