China Hacks Navy Contractor, Steals Submarine Data

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What baffles the security experts is the fact that the data was highly sensitive but at the same time was unclassified, leaving space for the hackers to get off with the information.

Over 614GB of data was stolen from the computers of a contractor who worked for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a submarine and underwater weaponry research and development organization working under the U.S. Navy.

The Post said that those behind the breach are alleged to have obtained secret plans for a supersonic anti-ship missile.

Officials told the newspapers that there is an ongoing investigation into the breach by the US Navy and the FBI. The Pentagon's Damage Assessment Management Office is also involved.

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".

However, he also said that it would be "inappropriate" to add any more details.

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Regarding Friday's report, the Post said it had agreed to withhold some details about the compromised missile project at the request of the Navy, which said their release could harm national security.

USA officials believe China has for years carried out hacking attacks on the US military, the US government and US companies. Investigators told the paper the hack was carried out by the Chinese Ministry of State Security, a civilian spy agency.

The cyber attacks were part of China's effort to become the dominant sea power in the Asian Pacific, and come as Presideent Trump has touted his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom the president is relying on to help negotiate an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The Pentagon has not said much about Sea Dragon, launched in 2012, except that it is aimed at adapting existing military technologies to new uses.

The Defense Department has disclosed little about Sea Dragon other than to say that it will introduce a "disruptive offensive capability" by "integrating an existing weapon system with an existing Navy platform".

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