China hacked sensitive US Navy undersea warfare plans

  • China hacked sensitive US Navy undersea warfare plans

China hacked sensitive US Navy undersea warfare plans

The "highly sensitive data" was held by the contractor in a network of unclassified information, triggering concerns about possibly lax policing of contractor security protections, according to the Post.

Chinese government hackers have stolen a massive trove of sensitive information from a USA navy contractor, including secret plans to develop a new type of submarine-launched anti-ship missile, according to the Washington Post.

The US Navy didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation and comment from CNET.

The hackers reportedly gained access to signals and sensor data, as well as submarine radio information.

The hacks took place in January and February and targeted an unidentified contractor who works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry, The Washington Post reported, citing U.S. officials.

Speaks further stated, "It would be inappropriate to discuss further details at this time".

The newspaper said it had agreed to withhold some details about the compromised missile project after the Navy said their release could harm national security.

The hacking operation comes as the Trump administration seeks China's assistance in securing a agreement with North Korea that will see the Hermit Kingdom dismantle its nuclear program.

Security professionals have long observed Chinese spies conducting cyberattacks against US defense contractors in order to spy on military capabilities. That includes stealing secrets from our defense contractors, ' said Talent. The information related to a secret project known as Sea Dragon. The initiative, which is shrouded in secrecy, was first launched in 2012. It conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weapons systems. This data can provide a valuable insight into the distance that United States submarines may be able to detect their Chinese adversaries.

For the importance of the materials and the potential damage their loss can cause, investigators say it took the intruders surprisingly little effort to pilfer them, since the network that stored the data was unclassified.

Pentagon officials would not name the government contractor.