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Federal Bureau of Investigation probing claims China stole data on 'highly sensitive' USA security project

10 June 2018, 12:55 | Darnell Patrick

WashPost: Chinese Hackers Steal Secret Navy Submarines Data

Report China hacked a Navy contractor and stole huge amounts of sensitive data

The hackers stole "massive amounts" of secret data from the Navy contractor - including plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for US subs, American intelligence officials told the Post.

Chinese government hackers breached a U.S. naval contractor and made off with more than 600 gigabytes of data, American officials speaking to two United States media outlets said.

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

Chinese hackers have for years targeted the US military to steal information and the Pentagon says they have previously swiped crucial data on the new F-35 stealth fighter, the advanced Patriot PAC-3 missile system and other highly sensitive projects.

The Post said the hacking took place in January and February, according to USA officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Britain's Prince Andrew, not pictured, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 29, 2018. The Post said details on hundreds of mechanical and software systems were compromised in the hacking.

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In a comment to the Post, however, a Navy spokesman said there's a process in place for third parties to notify the government when a breach may have affected controlled unclassified information, but that it would be "inappropriate to discuss further details".

USA officials believe China has for years carried out hacking attacks on the US military, the US government and US companies.

It also comes as President Donald Trump continues to court Beijing in his efforts to denuclearize North Korea. That includes stealing secrets from our defense contractors, ' said Talent. The latter remains secretive: The only information released by the DoD is that it will integrate an existing weapon system with an existing Navy platform. The initiative, which is shrouded in secrecy, was first launched in 2012. It conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weapons systems.

The Chinese government has made long-term investments in bolstering its military capabilities over the years, acquiring quieter submarines equipped with sophisticated weaponry.

The investigation is being led by the Navy with the assistance of the FBI, officials said.



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