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Pentagon Says 24,000 Files Were Stolen In Data Breach

The Pentagon said today that in March, foreign hackers stole 24,000 sensitive files during a single breach. The disclosure came from William J. Lynn III, deputy defense secretary, who was unveiling the Department of Defense's " Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace."

The New York Times has some details on the stolen documents:

... William J. Lynn III, the deputy defense secretary, disclosed that over the years "crucial" files stolen from defense industry data networks have included plans for missile tracking systems, satellite navigation devices, unmanned surveillance drones and top-of-the-line jet fighters.

Some of the stolen data was mundane, and included plans for small parts of tanks, airplanes and submarines, he said.

"But a great deal of it concerns our most sensitive systems, including aircraft avionics, surveillance technologies, satellite communications systems and network security protocols," Mr. Lynn disclosed.

Wired succinctly sums up the policy like this: "the document takes a measured, reasonable approach — focusing on good network hygiene and data-sharing, rather than bombing hackers into submission."

NPR's Tom Gjelten will have more on the strategy part of the announcement later this afternoon.

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Eyder Peralta
Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.