Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chinese Hackers Breach US Navy Computers

Chinese Hackers Breach US Navy Computers

Speaks added that "it would be inappropriate to discuss further details at this time".

The hackers stole "massive amounts" of secret data from the Navy contractor - including plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for US subs, American intelligence officials told the Post.

The contractor, which was not named in the report, works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, based in Newport, Rhode Island.

At the Navy's request, the Post withheld information about the compromised new missile system, but said it was for a supersonic anti-ship missile that could be launched from submarines.

Chinese hackers have for years targeted the U.S. 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.

The breach continues China's longstanding effort to "blunt the US advantage in military technology and become the pre-eminent power in east Asia", the Post reported.

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Military experts said the breach signaled that China could be working to complicate the Navy's ability to defend US allies in Asia amid a conflict with Beijing in the region.

According the the Post, the Sea Dragon project is part of the Defense Department's efforts to adapt existing technologies to new applications.

The hacking operation comes as the Trump administration seeks China's assistance in securing a agreement with North Korea that will see the Hermit Kingdom dismantle its nuclear program.

The hackers took 614 gigabytes of material related to a closely held project known as Sea Dragon, as well as signals and sensor data, submarine radio room information relating to cryptographic systems, and the Navy submarine development unit's electronic warfare library.

China has also stepped up pressure on its neighbour Taiwan, prompting United States nuclear bombers to swoop on the South China Sea. The information was reportedly on an unclassified network.

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

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