According to sources, in August 2011, the victim was targeted by an advanced cyber attack. The spread and depth of the attack gave indications that the attack may be state-sponsored. Though details about the specific attackers remain unclear, the nature of the attack aligns with activities seen in other high-profile intrusion sets.
While the entity acknowledged the compromise of some data, they stressed that no company-classified details leaked. They were able to recover the deleted information. However, the incident did inflict significant damage, both operationally and in terms of the pressure it placed on the organization.