RSA offers to replace SecurIDs after Lockheed hacking

Tue Jun 7, 2011 9:12am EDT
 
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By Noel Randewich

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Data storage firm EMC Ltd has offered to replace millions of potentially compromised "SecurID" electronic keys after hackers used data stolen from its RSA security division to break into Lockheed Martin's network.

Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's No. 1 arms supplier and the government's top information technology provider, was attacked last month by hackers, underscoring a growing threat to U.S. national security.

RSA, which makes the SecurID keys, said in a letter published on its website that it had confirmed information taken from it in March was used in the attack on Lockheed Martin.

EMC had previously warned that information stolen from RSA related to its SecurIDs and has now offered to replace the SecurID keys of any customers who ask, a spokesman told Reuters.

"Certain characteristics of the attack on RSA indicated that the perpetrator's most likely motive was to obtain an element of security information that could be used to target defense secrets and related (intellectual property)," RSA said in Monday's letter.

Lockheed's networks house sensitive data on future weapons systems as well as military technology currently used in battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. A source told Reuters last week that several other U.S. military contractors have also been attacked.

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.

Other big corporations have suffered from major hacking attacks recently, including Sony Corp and Google.   Continued...

 
<p>The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), planes arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in California in this May 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin Corp/Handout</p>