Lockheed Martin is in the news recently for two reasons: they recently detected and mitigated “a significant and tenacious attack” on its network a week ago and the company bought the first commercial quantum computer.
“As a result of the swift and deliberate actions taken to protect the network and increase IT security, our systems remain secure,” Jennifer Whitlow, a Lockheed spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement. “No customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised.”
It looks like the keys to the kingdom were quite literally the RSA tokens compromised a few months back from a cyber attack on RSA.
“Impact to DoD is minimal and we don’t expect any adverse effect,” Lieutenant Colonel April Cunningham said in an emailed reply to Reuters. “As a matter of standing DoD policy, we do not comment on operational matters.”
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Although there are no details on the price, the purchase includes a research team to help Lockheed Martin get the most from the system.
The D-Wave One is built around the Rainier processor. It comes in a room-sized cabinet with a 100-square-foot footprint, which houses the extensive shielding required for quantum computing to work, as well as supercooling hardware.