F-35 fighter jet secrets stolen from Australian defence contractor in ‘extensive’ hack

Well this is great. Just another screw up in the life of the still limping F-35 joint strike fighter. AKA the defense contractor boondoggle of boondoggles.

(From Cluely Associates Ltd.)

Additional details followed on Wednesday when Mitchell Clarke, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) incident response manager, told a conference in Sydney that the incident involved a government contractor. As part of the attack, hackers made off with 30 gigabytes of sensitive data pertaining to the Joint Strike Fighter warplane, the P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane, and other Australian defense programs.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says he has no idea who perpetrated the breach. As quoted by BBC News:

“It could be one of a number of different actors. It could be a state actor, [or] a non-state actor. It could be someone who was working for another company.”

And consider that there are some in the Senate who want all our DoD computer code to be “open source.” We are very very much for open sourced software, but there are obvious issues when it comes to defense.

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