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May 29 2011   11:36PM GMT

A Tale of Two Cyber Attacks

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Lockheed-Martin was the target of a ‘significant and tenacious’ cyber attack, and Sony has been plagued by attacks for a month now. However, the results of the two network attacks are completely different.

The attack on Lockheed-Martin has been linked to the attack earlier this year on RSA Security. That attack compromised the encryption keys of RSA’s SecurID tokens, and fake authentication tokens were apparently used in the attack on the defense contractor.

You would think that attackers armed with the keys to the vault would be able to clean house and walk out with all kinds of top secret plans for next generation military aircraft and weapons systems, but Lockheed-Martin says no. It claims the attack was detected, identified, and thwarted before any data was compromised, and that its network is locked down and secure.

Then you have Sony. We don’t know much about the details of the Sony attacks, but I have not seen any speculation related to RSA SecurID tokens. The attacks against Sony have yielded sensitive information on 100 million customers or so, and it seems like every other day there is a breach of some new Sony network that continues to lead to a data breach.

Following news of the Lockheed-Martin attack, the United States government apparently offered its assistance to handle the matter. It seems, though, that Lockheed-Martin has things under control, and that perhaps the United States should see if it can stop the hemorraging at Sony.

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