October 12, 2017
An Australian defense contractor suffered a major hack, exposing top secret U.S. military technology.
The country’s defense ministry has confirmed the breach, which reportedly included data on state-of-the-art military aircraft and warships.
While it remains unclear if the cyber-attack was state sponsored, officials say they are not ruling out the possibility.
Top secret information on the brand new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter along with the U.S. military’s mainstay transport plane, the C130, was also said to be compromised.
The manager of the Australian Signals Directorate described the breach as “extensive and extreme,” and said that the software the government was using had not been updated in a year.
Christopher Pyne, Austrailia’s Defense Industry Minister, said that the information taken was not military data, but commercial data.
He assured his team would get to the bottom of the situation at hand.