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Navy says China stole large amount of data

Navy says China stole large amount of data

Chinese government hackers compromised the computers of a U.S. Navy contractor and stole a large amount of highly sensitive data on undersea warfare, including plans for a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

The data pilfered from the contractor's computer included plans on a USA project to build a supersonic anti-ship missile that can be mounted on American submarines by 2020, according to the Post, which cited an anonymous US officials.

Chinese hackers have for years targeted the USA military to steal information and the Pentagon says they have previously swiped crucial data on the new F-35 stealth fighter, the advanced Patriot PAC-3 missile system and other highly sensitive projects.

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.

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

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) earlier this year said it had produced a similar named anti-submarine autonomous surface vessel around the time of the hack.

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Kate Middleton , the Duchess of Cambridge , immediately knelt down to comfort her then held her as the parade continued. In matching ice blue, the Duchess of Cambridge , 36, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 70, led the procession in a carriage.

According to the Post, hackers swiped 614 gigabytes of data that included information relating to sensors, submarine cryptographic systems and a little-known project called Sea Dragon. Military experts in the US are concerned with China having developed naval capabilities that might prove to be significant in case of a conflict between both countries.

The Washington Post said it agreed to withhold some details at the request of the United States navy over fears it could compromise national security.

The news comes days before a summit in Singapore at which US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who counts Beijing among his allies.

The investigation is being led by the Navy with the assistance of the FBI, officials said.

But, it has not been disclosed what the Sea Dragon project is.


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