Pentagon Downplays Comment On F-35 Cyberthreat

By Reuters

Other concerns have surfaced in recent years. In 2012, a team of Navy cyber experts testing a computerized logistics system being developed for the F-35, was able to break into the system’s classified files by entering the unclassified part of the system. That vulnerability has since been addressed.

Lockheed and its partners refuted Bogdan’s comments. Lockheed spokesman Michael Rein said the company had made significant investments and progress in countering cyber attacks

“We take this mission very seriously,” he said. “We have placed special emphasis on intelligence analysis, characterization and prediction - an intelligence driven response in order to ensure agile response to attack and enhanced resilience of our systems.”

Lockheed said it routinely helped customers and suppliers in evaluating and strengthening their cyber defenses.

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp that builds the engine for the new single-engine, single-seat fighter, also refuted Bogdan’s remark.

“We do not discuss details of our cyber security initiatives, but we have a well established strategy in place to protect our intellectual property and company private data, as well as our customer’s information, against cyber threats,” said spokesman Matthew Bates.


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