Hackers have infiltrated Lockheed Martin Corporation and many other critical American military contractors have. Renegade programmers broke through the extensive security protecting top secret military weapons data, most likely planning to sell the next generation information to the highest bidder on the black market. Nobody has come forward to claim responsibility for this attack but many speculate that superpowers China or Russia are behind the technically advanced and sophisticated assault that underscores the fact that the world has progress to the next level of warfare, cyberwar.
Why is this Attack Significant?
Anarchists, terrorists, and dangerous governments be able to create their own cutting edge weapons with the stolen blueprints. America currently is roughly ten years ahead, technologically, of most superpowers, such as Russia or China, in the world and twenty to thirty years ahead of rouge anti american nations, such has North Korea or Iran. Whoever, or whomever, ends up with the critical data will instantly close that gap to a matter of months, or the amount of time it takes to physically build next generation weapons.
They will also be able to discover specific weaknesses in American armaments that could be used to decimate the American armed forces in future wars. In the past breaches of security of the magnitude have endangered the American public and the free world for decades afterwards. One textbook example is how leaks in the Manhattan project gave the USSR the information it needed to build nuclear weapons of it own. This security fault snowballed into the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War.
What Damage Has Been Done to Lockheed Martin Corporation and the other Military Contractors?
Reports state that the damage to the computers themselves was “minimal“, some speculate this is because the criminal want to be able to access new sensitive at a future date. By not crippling the secrutiy netowrks today they give themselves the opportunity to steal more information later with sleeper code they might have installed into the mainframe, which would send data daily from behind the Lockheed Martin firewalls. Attacks like this will only increase in number and magnitude, with more painful results as well.
What Does with Mean For the Evolution of Warfare?
On March 8, 2011 Anonymous, a hacker group responsible for both malicious and devastating attacks across the web, announced a “cyberwar” against America. This was the only warning many ever got of the oncoming conflict.
America struck first, against Iran, during this new age of cyber warfare. In early 2011 the nuclear reactors in Iran, which were thought to be used to weaponize uranium, were crippled by an American synthesized virus called Stuxnet that broke the centrifuges in the reactors.
Since then major corporations, with data sensitive to the American military, such as Sony, Google, and EMC have had their networks infiltrated by hackers, whom have dealt trillion dollars of damage and have torpedoed key elements of the international economy.
Today, the largest military corporation in the world had top secret data, that could be anything from budget reports to blueprints for weapons of mass destruction.
A perpetual, undeclared war has begun by faceless specters on the internet, such as the infamous group Anonymous, against the pillars of stability of the governments of the world. The public was not warned, nor will they until they are individually attacked when they get caught in the crossfire between these two behemoths. Already more than seventy million Playstation 3 users have had their personal information and credit cards stolen in an unprovoked attack. Attacks like this will only get worse as the Cyberwar evolves.