Chinese Hackers Stole Large Amounts of Secret U.S

WashPost: Chinese Hackers Steal Secret Navy Submarines Data

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a US Navy contractor, stealing a trove of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare, according to American officials.

Hackers acting on behalf of Beijing stole the data in January and February after breaking into an unidentified contractor that works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity, the newspaper reported.

Pentagon officials would not name the government contractor.

Among the data seized was also information on the US Navy's plans to mount a supersonic anti-ship missile on a submarine, The Post reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Britain's Prince Andrew, not pictured, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 29, 2018. Bill Speaks told the Post.

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They indicated that among the material accessed were data relating to a project known as Sea Dragon, as well as information held within the navy submarine development unit's electronic warfare library.

Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), who is a member of the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission, called the incident 'very disturbing, ' adding however that reports of the Chinese hacking scheme was nothing new.

The Washington Post said it agreed to withhold some details at the request of the U.S. navy over fears it could compromise national security. "The news comes as the Trump administration is seeking to secure Beijing's support in persuading North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, even as tensions persist between the USA and China over trade and defence matters", The Washington Post said. Investigators told the paper the hack was carried out by the Chinese Ministry of State Security, a civilian spy agency.

The Defense Department has disclosed little about Sea Dragon other than to say that it will introduce a "disruptive offensive capability" by "integrating an existing weapon system with an existing Navy platform".

According to the Post, the Sea Dragon project was created by the Pentagon in 2012 to adapt existing US military technologies to new applications.

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