US defense contractors’ networks breached by hackers


Hackers have allegedly broken into the systems of some of the most prominent defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin Corp and other companies that develop weapon systems for the US Department of Defense, reports Reuters, who spoke with a person familiar with the matter.

To breach the systems, hackers reportedly duplicated electronic login keys known as “SecurID,” which are made by the EMC corporation’s RSA security division. It is not yet known if any data was stolen by the hackers. But because of the highly sensitive nature of the information stored on Lockheed’s and other’s systems — data about classified future weapon systems being built for the US military, as well as weapons currently in us in Iraq and Afghanistan — it’s not difficult to assume what kind of info the hackers were after.

Widely used to protect sensitive data, SecurIDs are far more robust than a standard username/password combo that one would use to login to, say, Facebook. Instead, SecurID generates a new series of digits every couple of minutes that the user must enter into the system, along with a unique user pin. Failure to login before the next set of numbers is generated results in denied access to the system.

The breach, said to have been carried out in March, actually involved more than one attack. First came the initial breach on the RSA division, during which hackers stole data the taught them how to copy the security keys. Then came a wave of malware and phishing attacks launched to gain additional user and network data that would allow for greater access to the systems. This type of attack is known as an “Advanced Persistent Threat” or APT.

In addition to an internal investigation into the matter, EMC says it took immediate steps to protect its customers, which included “hardening our IT infrastructure.”

Rich Moy, president of information security firm NSS Labs, tells Reuters that the nature of the attack means a threat remains.

“Given the military targets, and that millions of compromised keys are in circulation, this is not over.”


Happy Valentine’s Day! Coffee Meets Bagel dating app data may have been breached

Are you planning on using Coffee Meets Bagel to find love on Valentine's Day? If you've been using the app for a while, you'll probably want to change your password -- the company said a data breach may have taken place before May 2018.

500px reveals almost 15 million users are caught up in security breach

Almost 15 million members of portfolio website 500px have been caught up in a security breach. The hack occurred in 2018 but was only discovered last week. Users are being told to change their 500px password as soon as possible.

Windows 7 is still immensely popular. Is it really better than Windows 10?

With the end of support of Windows 7 approaching, have you been holding off on upgrading to Windows 10? In this guide, we give look at some of the biggest differences between the most popular operating systems.

Use one of these password managers to help protect yourself online

The internet can be a scary place, especially if you don't have a proper password manager. This guide will show you the best password managers you can get right now, including both premium and free options.

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will take your skills to a new level

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience and save more time!

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.

Windows is getting a face-lift in 2020, but you can get a sneak peek right now

Microsoft is increasing the lead time for an upcoming major update to Windows 10, giving Windows Insiders the ability to test it right now, even though it's not set for release until 2020.
Emerging Tech

A.I.-powered website creates freakishly lifelike faces of people who don’t exist

No, this isn't a picture of a missing person. It's a face generated by a new artificial intelligence on the website Here's how the impressive A.I. works.

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…

Keep your MacBook safe and dry with an Under Armour backpack for under $50

Under Armour is having a huge sale this weekend to help you on your quest for a better backpack. The UA Outlet Exclusive sale is going on now through Monday, February 18th, offering great discounts on stormproof backpacks.

Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.

The HoloLens 2 will be announced at MWC. Here's what we know about it so far

The HoloLens 2 is ripe for an announcement. Here's what Microsoft has revealed so far, what's likely in store for the next generation HoloLens, and everything that we know about this mixed reality headset.

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.

Wi-Fi helps connect all of our devices at high-speed, but what exactly is it?

What is Wi-Fi? It's a technology we all use everyday to connect all of our portable devices, but understanding how it works and how far it's come from its humble beginnings is another thing entirely.