The Mercury

Lockheed to replace tokens


LOCKHEED Martin, the defence contractor that was the target of a cyber attack last month, said the breach was the result of data theft at security systems provider RSA in March.

“Our investigat­ion into the attack on our system concluded that the RSA breach was a direct contributi­ng factor,” Lockheed spokeswoma­n Jennifer Whitlow said.

As a remedial measure, “we will complete the replacemen­t of 45 000 SecurID tokens for Lockheed Martin employees”, she said.

RSA is a unit of EMC and the maker of SecurID tokens, designed to allow employees to access their employers’ networks from remote locations. In March, the company reported a cyber theft that resulted in informatio­n being taken from its systems.

RSA has said it provided security systems for other defence contractor­s, including Raytheon. – Bloomberg

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