Pentagon hit by huge cyber theft

A top Pentagon official has admitted that a massive amount of data related to new defence technologies were stolen earlier this year.

”It was 24,000 files, which is a lot, but I don’t think it’s the largest we’ve seen,” William Lynn, the US deputy defence secretary, said on Thursday.

Lynn revealed the theft as he unveiled a new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy that designates cyberspace as an ”operational domain”, alongside sea, air and land, where US forces will practice, train and prepare to defend against attacks.
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He said the theft occurred in March and targeted files at a defence contractor developing weapons systems and defence equipment.

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