Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Chinese hackers 'steal U.S. navy data on undersea warfare and supersonic missiles'

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Britain's Prince Andrew not WashPost: Chinese Hackers Steal Secret Navy Submarines Data
Sammy Stanley | 09 June, 2018, 14:48

Chinese government hackers have stolen a massive cache of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare from a US Navy contractor, including secret plans to develop a new type of submarine-launched anti-ship missile, a media report said today.

It was reported that a total of 614 gigabytes of data was taken.

The Navy is investigating the breach along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Post.

The data stolen was of a highly sensitive nature despite being housed on the contractor´s unclassified network, the Post said, citing the officials.

The contractor had been working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, an R&D organization dedicated to submarines and underwater weaponry based in Newport, Rhode Island.

Security professionals have long observed Chinese spies conducting cyberattacks against USA defense contractors in order to spy on military capabilities.

Bryan Clark, a naval analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment told the Post that submarine technology was a crucial advantage that the US now had against the Chinese Navy.

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Regarding Friday's report, the Post said it had agreed to withhold some details about the compromised missile project at the request of the Navy, which said their release could harm national security. Speaks added that "it would be inappropriate to discuss further details at this time".

Tensions between Beijing and Washington have increased in recent months after US President Donald Trump threatened to slap crippling tariffs on Chinese goods.

Investigators told the Post that the Chinese Ministry of State Security, a civilian spy agency, carried out the hack.

The Pentagon has spent more than $300 million since 2015 on the Sea Dragon project, which involves adapting current Navy technology for new uses.

In 2011, Canada blamed Beijing for a breach of several government networks, including its department for Defence Research and Development.

"The breach is part of China's long-running effort to blunt the U.S. advantage in military technology and become the preeminent power in East Asia".

"The idea is that we are going to rely heavily on submarines in the early effort of any conflict with the Chinese".

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