F-35 Secrets Revealed? Back in 2017, Hackers Stole Data on America’s Top Fighter Jet

F-35 Secrets Revealed? Back in 2017, Hackers Stole Data on America’s Top Fighter Jet

Dario Leone

Security, Asia

What did they get?

As explained by Mitchell Clarke, ASD incident response manager, hackers targeted a small aerospace engineering company with about 50 employees in July last year.

Sloppy cyber-security practices has allowed hackers to steal data on the F-35, C-130, P-8 and JDAM from an Australian defense contractor.

As reported by News.com.au, Dan Tehan, the minister in charge of cyber security, said that hackers spent months downloading sensitive information about Australia’s warplanes, navy ships and bomb kits.

(This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2017.)

Forensic investigations by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) found the company was using default passwords on its internet facing services.

But the hackers gained access by exploiting a vulnerability with the firm’s IT helpdesk portal.

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