China stole 614GB of classified US Navy data
Including information on submarine warfare tactics 😳
Posted on June 8, 2018 11:51 PM.
The Washington PostBy Ellen Nakashima and Paul Sonne
Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare, including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials. The data stolen was of a highly sensitive nature despite being housed on the contractor’s unclassified network. The officials said the material, when aggregated, could be considered classified, a fact that raises concerns about the Navy’s ability to oversee contractors tasked with developing cutting-edge weapons.
It’s believed that the theft of this classified data, which includes an electronic warfare library and information about the Navy’s cryptographic systems, will help China keep up with U.S military capabilities.
Cybersecurity policy experts say that Chinese cyber-espionage operations, hacking activities aimed at stealing trade secrets, intellectual property or other confidential business information, has substantially declined in the wake of an agreement struck, between former President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2015. But others disagree.
While the agreement helps protect the US government's systems, defense contractors, and outside companies that deal with classified data, are not included in the protection under the 2015 agreement.
“I don’t want to sound cynical, but I just now believe that they are better at doing what they were doing before and they’ve found new ways and their leadership has told them ‘Don’t you dare get caught again,’” Rosenbach said last year.
As if hacks weren't enough, at least three former US intelligence officials have been caught, passing on sensitive data to the Chinese government. Tl;dr: Secure your networks.
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