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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