Lockheed Martin's Servers "Tenaciously" Cyber-Attacked

Posted on by Jeremiah Jeremiah (MisterJeremiah)
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After endless attacks against Sony Online Entertainment, new cyber attacks continue to renew public interest in Internet espionage and security. Lockheed Martin, one of the world's most powerful defense contractors, was slammed by a series of remote server break-ins. The company was not specific with the details of the attack, but has stated that no personal data or files on their clients have been compromised with the break-ins. Lockheed Martin Corp. purportedly took immediate countermeasures against the hackers.

Some analysts say that the success of hackers against Sony Online Entertainment has emboldened other hackers and social engineers to act upon plans that may have been buried for years. There's a significant amount of money to be made with hacking into enterprise servers, as client information and other data can easily be sold. Other possible contributing factors that have led to an increase in cyber attacks in the last year include Julian Assange and Wikileaks' crusade for government transparency and corporate justice. Assange is a folk hero for hacktivists worldwide.

"Hacktivists" differ in their ends from profit-motivated hackers. They don't have any interest in selling the information that they acquire from breaking past server security and countermeasures, and would rather donate the information to their cause or to another person who would make good use of leaked information. Members of this camp include Wikileaks and the political party behind The Pirate Bay, which is the world's largest and most active Torrent tracker that allows users to select from hundreds of thousands of downloadable zips filled with cracked software, music, and other products that users would normally have to shell out some money for.

Cybersecurity was on the top of the agenda back in 2009, and was mentioned several times by President Barack Obama as a "great concern" for the United States. It was also a central topic at the 2011 G8. French president Nicolas Sarkozy spearheaded a discussion on regulating the Internet in order to help crack down on world cybercrime and piracy. Google's CEO Eric Schmidt warned that if western democracies started to curb freedoms on the Internet, those countries could risk killing new industries based online and restrict fundamental rights for their citizens in the name of security.

This is the man who wants to crush your Internet.

Obviously, Google has their own agenda on this issue. Imagine if every country on Earth regulated Google to the extent that the People's Republic of China did a few years ago. Google would lose many customers and a lot of money, and it is never in the interest of a corporation to lose money. This means that Google will seek to actively level the playing field by keeping the Internet free and open so their services are in continued use by users worldwide for decades to come.

Should world governments work towards a "safer" Internet?

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