US defence firm Lockheed Martin warns against rising global cyber-attacks
US defence firm Lockheed Martin has warned against a dramatic rise of international cyber-attacks.
The firm said that it has seen the number and sophistication of global cyber-attacks increase dramatically in recent months, and considers 20pc of threats directed at it as "advanced and persistent".
The news come as US officials step up their warnings about cyber-attacks on US institutions, the BBC reports.
"The number of campaigns has increased dramatically over the last several years. The pace has picked up," Chandra McMahon, Lockheed's vice-president and chief information security officer said.
According to the report, one of the biggest issues for the firm is hackers targeting its suppliers, Chandra said.
In May 2011, it emerged that Lockheed Martin had come under significant cyber-attack, which happened, in part, because of an earlier attack on RSA, a security firm that supplied the firm with secure ID tokens, the report said.
"The adversary was able to get information from RSA and then they were also able to steal information from another supplier of ours, and they were able to put those two pieces of information together and launch an attack on us," said McMahon.
China and Iran have also been linked to a series of attacks against western targets in recent months, the report added.