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DoD Gates: We're always under cyberattack

DoD Gates: We're always under cyberattack
DoD Gates: We're always under cyberattack 

By CBS Interactive Staff
Posted on ZDNet News
April 22, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the United States is 
"under cyberattack virtually all the time, every day" and that the 
Defense Department plans to more than quadruple the number of cyber 
experts it employs to ward off such attacks.

In an interview for an upcoming edition of 60 Minutes, CBS News anchor 
Katie Couric asked Gates about the nation's cybersecurity after hackers 
stole specifications from a $300 billion fighter jet development program 
as well as other sensitive information.

In a series of spy attacks, hackers stole information about the 
Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project and the Air Force's air 
traffic control system, according to a Wall Street Journal report 

The computer spies copied several terabytes of data from the Joint 
Strike Fighter project, the most expensive in Defense Department 
history, pertaining to the electronics and design systems of the 
aircraft, several current and former officials told the Journal.

Officials said the separate incursion into the air traffic control 
system could allow intruders to interfere with military aircraft.


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