Chinese Hackers Stole Large Amounts of Secret U.S

Leroy Wright
June 10, 2018

The officials did not identify the contractor.

Breaches that could deal a heavy blow to the USA military's bid to dominate the waters near the disputed islands in the South China Sea took place at least twice, in January and February this year, U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

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

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 Navy is leading the investigation into the breach with the help of the FBI, officials said.

Hackers targeted a contractor linked to a USA military organisation that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry.

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The officials spoke to the Post "on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation". The Pentagon's Damage Assessment Management Office is also involved. US officials have always been anxious that ZTE equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage or sabotage.

Navy spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: "There are measures in place that require companies to notify the government when a "cyber incident" has occurred that has actual or potential adverse effects on their networks that contain controlled unclassified information".

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.

At the Navy's request, the Post withheld information about the compromised new missile system, but said it was for a supersonic anti-ship missile that could be launched from submarines. It conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weapons systems.

The breach is part of Beijing's long-time effort to steal technological secrets from the United States as it seeks to blunt Washington's influence in the east Pacific and dominate the region.

But, it has not been disclosed what the Sea Dragon project is.

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