The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), one of the Navy’s newest ships, has cyber vulnerabilities, a Navy Red Team testing group discovered during a recent security assessment.
LCS is a class of warships designed to flex military power close in to shore.The ships were made to be easily configured for several roles including recon & intelligence gathering, anti-surface & anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasure operations. Each vessel is capable of sprint speeds over 40 knots and has a range of over 3,500 miles.
The class flagship, the USS Freedom (shown below in a Lockheed Martin Promotional video), was tested for computer system exploits and found vulnerable.
The USS Freedom’s computer system was successfully compromised by Navy hackers in the penetration test. According to an anonymous Navy official. “We do these types of inspections across the fleet to find individual vulnerabilities, as well as fleet-wide trends,” the official stated.
The Pentagon’s director of weapons testing “recommended those vulnerabilities be remediated without delay.” and rest assured, the Navy is moving to fix the issues as soon as possible.
The vulnerability is not serious enough to delay the ship’s current deployment.