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Government Agency Breached, 24K Files Accessed

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 15, 2011

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn has announced that a foreign intelligence service accessed 24,000 Pentagon files by hacking into an unnamed government contractor in March. The New York Times reports that the disclosure came during the release of the Pentagon's new strategy for military operations in cyberspace, which outlined a more proactive approach to cybersecurity. "Current countermeasures have not stopped this outflow of sensitive information," Lynn said during a speech at the National Defense University. "We need to do more to guard our digital storehouses of design innovation." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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