BEDFORD, Mass., June 7 (UPI) -- Computer hackers recently broke into RSA's SecurID two-factor authentication tokens.
RSA, an abbreviation for Rivest, Shamir and Adleman, has acknowledged that the intrusion in March compromised the system's security, CNET Web site reported Tuesday.
The breach joins recent hacking attacks against the networks of major U.S. military contractors Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications and Northrop Grumman.
Security specialists at one of the defense contractors noted after internal warnings the appearance of an unusual domain name and an intrusive password reset process.
Moving quickly to attempt to contain the damage, RSA Chairman Art Coviello said RSA is offering all of its customers the option to replace the SecurID tokens currently in use, or another possibility, that RSA will provide security monitoring services.
For fiscal institutions concerned about the possible compromise of its data, RSA offered to provide transactions monitoring until the hacking issue is resolved.
Security analysts criticized RSA's refusal to reveal the exact nature of the stolen information, commenting that it allowed the subsequent breaches while keeping its customers unaware of the threat to their data.