After data breach, RSA offers to replace tokens

By Brett Pulley
Bloomberg News / June 8, 2011

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NEW YORK — EMC Corp.’s security-systems unit RSA offered to swap the SecurID tokens it provides to clients such as defense contractors and government agencies after a network breach disclosed in March resulted in the theft of RSA data.

RSA will replace the tokens if the customer believes it is necessary, Helen Stefan, a spokeswoman, said in an interview. RSA’s defense-contractor clients include Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co.

In March, EMC, based in Hopkinton, Mass., said that a cyber attack resulted in information being taken from its systems, including data related to RSA’s SecurID products.

Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., the defense contractor that was the target of an attack on May 21, said last week the breach was the result of the data theft at RSA and that it would replace its security tokens.

Lockheed said May 28 that its computer network suffered a “significant and tenacious’’ attack that was immediately detected and stopped.

No customer or program data was lost, it said.