China reportedly stole secret U.S. weapon plans in Navy hack

09 June, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Highly-sensitive US Navy data was reportedly breached

The Chinese hackers stole data pertaining to submarine warfare that included secret plans to build a supersonic antiship missile the US military planned to install on American subs, according to officials.

The investigation into the breach, which is being jointly conducted by the Navy and the FBI, is now underway, The Post reported.

The officials who spoke to the Post didn't specifically identify the compromised contractor but said that the contractor works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center based in Newport, Rhode Island.

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.

The Navy and the FBVI are leading the investigation into the cybercrime.

A commander of the US Navy, Bill Speaks, said that measures were in place requiring companies to notify the government when a "cyber incident" had occurred on networks that contained "controlled unclassified information".

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"It would be inappropriate to discuss further details at this time", he said.

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

It did not provide any specifics on the project, saying it was asked by the Navy to withhold the details from the report, so as not to damage United States security further. The White House is seeking Beijing's help in negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear weapons, while at the same time sparring with China over trade and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, reports the Hill.

The little information the Pentagon has released about Sea Dragon says the program has the capacity to introduce "disruptive offensive capability" by 'integrating an existing weapon system with an existing Navy platform'. Sea Dragon is a $300 million project scheduled for underwater testing in September.

"The idea is that we are going to rely heavily on submarines in the early effort of any conflict with the Chinese", Clark added.

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