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Hacker Steals Joint Strike Fighter Plans in Australia

Hacker Steals Joint Strike Fighter Plans in Australia 'Extensive and Extreme' Contractor Breach Compromises Jet and Navy Data Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • October 12, 2017 Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. (Photo: Derek Finch, via Flickr/CC)

The Australian government has revealed that a hacker last year breached a small, domestic national security contractor and stole data relating to military projects.

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The government says it does not know who perpetrated the hack. "We're not 100 percent sure, and that's one of the difficulties of this area," Dan Tehan, the government's assistant minister for cybersecurity, tells Australia's ABC. "It could have been a state actor, it could have been cybercriminals, and that's why it was taken so seriously.

The government has not said how long hackers had remote access to the contractor's network, but it says the intrusion has been remediated and additional defenses put in...(continued)

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