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Hackers Breach Travel Records At U.S. Dept of Defense, U.S. Govt Watchdog Says Pentagon Slow To Protect Weapon Systems From Cyber Threats

9 - 16 October 2018

Unidentified hackers had breached travel records at the U.S. Department of Defense, giving them access to the personal and credit card information of as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel.
Unidentified hackers had breached travel records at the U.S. Department of Defense, giving them access to the personal and credit card information of as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel. The breach was discovered on October 4, but it may have taken place months earlier. An official said that no classified information was compromised. Investigations are ongoing.

In a newly published report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that the Pentagon has been slow to protect major weapon systems from cyber threats and routinely discovered critical vulnerabilities that hackers could potentially exploit in those systems. The report also said that the Department of Defense probably has an entire generation of systems that were designed and constructed without sufficient consideration of cybersecurity, reflecting a lack of focus on weapon systems cybersecurity. 

References:
[1] Pentagon says cyber breach of travel records may affect up to 30,000 Defense Department employees
[2] Pentagon slow to protect weapon systems from cyber threats - US agency
 

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Government

Hackers Breach Travel Records At U.S. Dept of Defense, U.S. Govt Watchdog Says Pentagon Slow To Protect Weapon Systems From Cyber Threats

9 - 16 October 2018

Unidentified hackers had breached travel records at the U.S. Department of Defense, giving them access to the personal and credit card information of as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel.
Unidentified hackers had breached travel records at the U.S. Department of Defense, giving them access to the personal and credit card information of as many as 30,000 military and civilian personnel. The breach was discovered on October 4, but it may have taken place months earlier. An official said that no classified information was compromised. Investigations are ongoing.

In a newly published report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that the Pentagon has been slow to protect major weapon systems from cyber threats and routinely discovered critical vulnerabilities that hackers could potentially exploit in those systems. The report also said that the Department of Defense probably has an entire generation of systems that were designed and constructed without sufficient consideration of cybersecurity, reflecting a lack of focus on weapon systems cybersecurity. 

References:
[1] Pentagon says cyber breach of travel records may affect up to 30,000 Defense Department employees
[2] Pentagon slow to protect weapon systems from cyber threats - US agency
 

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