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Lockheed Martin thwarts cyber-attack

Company says no customer, employee or programme data was accessed

Lockheed Martin thwarts cyber-attack
Hackers attempted to break into the systems of Lockheed Martin, the US government's largest IT provider, on 21st May. The company managed to stop the attack before data was stolen.

The US government's top IT provider, Lockheed Martin, has revealed that was the victim of ‘a significant and tenacious attack' on its information systems network last week. The company managed to stop the attack before any serious damage was caused, but is still working on restoring employee access, according to Reuters.

Lockheed Martin said that no customer, programme or employee personal data was compromised thanks to instantaneous reactions to the attempted intrusion on 21st May. Jennifer Whitlow, a company spokeswoman told Reuters that the company was working 24 hours-a-day to restore employee access to the network.

Lockheed Martin is the world's biggest aerospace company and the Pentagon's No 1 supplier by sales.

The company is working with the US Defence Department to determine the scope of the attack and curb any fall-out from the incident.

There has so far been no word on where the attack originated.

Lockheed Martin is the maker of the F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets as well as warships and other multibillion-dollar arms systems sold globally.

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