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Lockheed Martin under fire after entire UK census hacked

June 21, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Cyber Security, data security, Dr Search, internet, Technology Companies

The US defense contractor who collated the UK census Lockheed Martin has come under fire after it emerged that the entire database may have been hacked.Lockheed Martin under fire after entire UK census hackedAn alleged member of the hacking group behind the claim, LulzSec, was arrested in Essex this morning by specialist cyber crime officers from Scotland Yard.

The 19 year old was taken to a central London police station and remains in custody on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act offences.

A “significant amount of material” was also seized from an address in Wickford, Essex.

The “pre-planned intelligence-led operation” in collaboration with the FBI followed claims online that the 2011 census database had been stolen and would be published in full.

“We have blissfully obtained records of every single citizen who gave their records to the security-illiterate UK government for the 2011 census,” a posting purportedly by LulzSec said.

“We’re keeping them under lock and key though… so don’t worry about your privacy (…until we finish re-formatting them for release),” it added.

The posting said the database will be published via The Pirate Bay, a file sharing website.

The Office of National Statistics said it was investigating the claims.

“We are aware of the suggestion that census data has been accessed. We are working with our security advisers and contractors to establish whether there is any substance to this,” it said.

“The 2011 Census places the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data. At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that any such compromise has occurred.”

LulzSec first emerged in May and mounted a series of Distributed Denial of Service and hacking attacks on high profile organisations. Sony, the CIA, the US Senate, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and security companies linked to the FBI have all been targeted.

The group claims to be acting purely for amusement.”Lulz” is a derivative of LOL, the abbreviation for “laugh out loud” commonly used online.

Dr Search suspects that Lockheed Martin’s brand image “we never forget who we are working for” is about to become rather derided.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company with worldwide interests.

It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995.

It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lockheed Martin employs 133,000 people worldwide. Robert J. Stevens is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Lockheed Martin is one of the world’s largest defense contractors; In 2009, 74% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales.

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