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AI company working on DOD project reportedly breached

A predator drone on a runway in Kandahar, Afghanistan
A Predator drone. Photo: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A startup that is involved in a sensitive Pentagon project was hacked by a person or group in Russia and did not immediately inform the Defense Department, Wired reported on Tuesday.

The big picture: The company, Clarifai, is one of several working on Project Maven, a Defense Department program that uses artificial intelligence to identify elements like people or vehicles in drone footage. Google, the highest-profile participant, said last month it will not renew its involvement in Maven after an employee petition and several resignations made news.