US Navy Hit by 110,000 Cyber Attacks Per Hour

According to, an HP executive recently stated that the U.S. Navy’s IT network is targeted by 110,000 attacks every hour, or 1,833 per minute.

“HP is having to guard against increasing numbers of cyber attacks, in its role providing these systems, the head of enterprise services at HP, Mike Nefkens, explained at the firm’s Discover event in Frankfurt,” writes’s Dan Worth. “‘For the US Navy we provide the network for 800,000 men and woman in 2,000 locations around the world, protecting them against 110,000 cyber attacks every hour,’ he said.”

“Those figures are simply astonishing. Extrapolating the other way, it means the US Navy is attacked some 96.36 billion times every year. If the last century was about world wars, this one is definitely all about cyber wars,” writes The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski. “HP has this data because it has been managing the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) contract, and its transition to a Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN). The $3.3 billion deal was signed back in October 2010.”

“Back in 2011, the Pentagon ruled that cyber attacks originating from another country officially constitute an act of war, and can be responded to with standard military actions,” notes’s James Plafke. “This, of course, meant that the US could launch a military strike in retaliation to some kind of hack that threatened national security — you know, like 96.4 billion attacks against the US Navy.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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