12 Oct 2021

Iran-linked DEV-0343 targeting defense, GIS, and maritime sectors

Microsoft has released a new report pertaining to findings linked to the new DEV-0343 activity cluster that has been tracked by the company since late July of this year. Microsoft has allegedly observed the group conducting extensive password spraying against more than 250 Office365 tenants, focusing specifically on US and

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09 Aug 2021

Pentagon Advances Experiments with Autonomous Barges to Replenish Aircraft

The Defense Department is allegedly gearing up to test a full-scale autonomous ocean replenishment system that utilizes technology-driven kits that are able to transform existing barges into self-moving platforms with the ability to land and refuel military aircraft. If successful, the barges will comprise a network of smart, technology-powered floating

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23 Jun 2021

Nearly 10% of SMB Defense Contractors Show Evidence of Compromise

According to a new report released by Cybersecurity vendor BlueVoyant, more than half of SMB contractors in the US defense supply chain are critically vulnerable to ransomware attacks. BlueVoyant analyzed a sample of 300 smaller contractors from a defense industrial base estimated to have roughly 100,000-300,000 suppliers. The investigation showed

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20 Nov 2020

Raytheon Employee Jailed for Exporting Missile Data to China

Wei Sun, a former Raytheon employee, has been convicted in the United States on charges related to exporting sensitive military data to China. Sun was an electrical engineer for Raytheon for a decade. This past February, Sun pled guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act by taking a Raytheon-issued

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30 Oct 2020

4 Startups Tapped to Pilot Capabilities at Defense’s 5G Living Lab

The National Security Innovation Network Starts program executed a contest to find startup companies to assist the Pentagon in rolling out 5G technology domestically and abroad. Almost 50 startup companies participated in the competition, named NSIN’s Navy/USMC 5G pitch competition. COMSovereign, GenXComm, Omnispace, and vRotors are the four startup companies

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21 Aug 2020

Small, DIU-Approved Drones to be Made Available for Agencies to Purchase

Federal agencies will soon be able to purchase small Defense innovation Unit-tested drones through the General Services Administration schedule. The products will come from five companies that have been in collaboration with the government to produce and design the drones. Companies including Vantage Robotics, Parrot, and Skydio will be available

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30 Jul 2020

North Korean Hackers Sniffing for US Defense Secrets

According to McAfee, North Korea was behind a cyber-espionage campaign that occurred earlier this year and targeted US defense and aerospace firms. McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research group claimed they detected similarities between the recent campaign and previous ones that linked the espionage to Hidden Cobra, a term used to refer

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31 Jan 2020

NEC Defense Contracts Info Potentially Compromised in Breach

NEC, a Japanese electronics giant, was the victim of a cyberattack resulting in unauthorized access to its internal network. The attack occurred on Thursday, and the company has since released an official statement regarding the hack. NEC is a major contractor for the Japanese defense industry and has engaged in

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30 Sep 2019

Cyber-Attacks Hit Defense Contractors in Europe and North America

Rheinmetall AG and Defence Construction Canada (DCC), both major defense contractors, were each at the receiving end of disruptive cyberattacks this month. Rheinmetall AG has been hit with what the firm referred to as “malware attacks” since September 24. As a result, the “normal production processes ” at company’s plants

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