When a defense contractor gets hacked repeatedly, you know cybersecurity is a problem


QinetiQ North America, a prominent defense contractor to the U.S. government, endured extensive on-again-off-again hacks in 2007-2010 from spies in China, resulting in the loss of many terabytes of sensitive data, including more than 10,000 passwords, chip architecture for military robots and weapon information, according to an article from Bloomberg Thursday.

The hackers accessed confidential data across multiple facilities from laptops and servers alike, the article stated. To avoid being observed on a company network, in one instance the hackers siphoned out data in small quantities. And QinetiQ’s own employees apparently removed software put on their computers to detect malware after becoming frustrated with how it impacted the performance of their computers: with the IT department’s permission.

Depite the known hacks, the federal government awarded a cybersecurity contract to QinetiQ in 2012, according to the article. QinetiQ sells two cybersecurity products, the Knowledge Discovery Appliance and the Social Engineering Protection…

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