Chinese hackers ‘steal US navy data on undersea warfare and supersonic missiles’
China’s state hackers have reportedly stolen a large amount of highly-sensitive US navy data on its undersea warfare, including plans for supersonic anti-ship missiles on submarines. Government experts were said to have compromised the computers of a US navy contractor, giving them access to the information, according to the Washington Post, citing unnamed American officials. They said – on the condition of anonymity about an ongoing investigation – that the security breaches were believed to have taken place in January and February.
Hackers reportedly targeted a contractor which works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center – a research and support centre in Newport, Rhode Island. The officials did not identify the contractor. It was reported that a total of 614 gigabytes of data was taken.
The information related to a secret project known as Sea Dragon. Also accessed were signals and sensor data, submarine radio room information relating to cryptographic systems and the navy submarine development unit’s electronic warfare library.