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Hackers breached F-35 jet fighter program

WASHINGTON — Hackers nearly two years ago breached a high-tech jet fighter program developed for the Pentagon by Lockheed Martin Corp., but classified information was not compromised, a senior defense official said Tuesday.

No details about the attacks were provided. The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.

In confirming the attack on Lockheed's F-35 Lightning II program — also known as the Joint Strike Fighter — the defense official said it is not clear who did it, or whether it was an attempt at corporate thievery or a hacker trying to harm the program. The Pentagon is expected to pay about $300 billion to buy nearly 2,500 of the F-35 jets for the Air Force, Navy and Marines.

The cyberspying revelations come as the White House is poised to release its review on the nation's cybersecurity. There have been increasingly frequent warnings that the nation's networks are at risk and repeatedly are being probed by foreign governments, criminals or other groups.

Lockheed officials issued a carefully worded statement saying that "to our knowledge there has never been any classified information breach" but that the company's systems are continually attacked, and there are measures in place to detect and stop the hacking.

Hackers breached F-35 jet fighter program 04/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:34pm]
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