Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Report: Chinese Hackers Breach Top Weapons Designs

May. 28, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By DOUG STANGLIN USA Today and the Defense News staff   |   Comments
Cyber Attack Targets Australia Spy Headquarters
Cyber Attack Targets Australia Spy Headquarters: Hackers traced to a server in China have stolen the floor plans for the new Australia Security Intelligence organization, according to a local report.
  • Filed Under
US Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly in formation over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on May 14. / Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr./US Air Force

More

Chinese hackers have gained access to the designs of many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems, according to a report prepared for the Defense Department and government and defense industry officials,The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The compromised weapons designs include, among others, advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The confidential report was prepared by the Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group of government and civilian experts.

It does not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs but says that the designs of more than two dozen systems were compromised, the Post reported.

The report comes a month before President Obama will meet with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in California. It also coincides with reports in the Australian media that Chinese hackers had allegedly stolen blueprints for Australian’s new spy headquarters.

An alleged breach of U.S. systems was noted in a public report issued by the advisory panel in January, but the section of the report listing the compromised weapons system remained classified until Tuesday. The public version had warned that the Pentagon is unprepared to counter a full-scale cyber conflict.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the Pentagon maintains “full confidence” in its weapon platforms.

“The Department of Defense takes the threat of cyber espionage and cybersecurity very seriously, which is why we have taken a number of steps to increase funding to strengthen our capabilities, harden our networks, and work with the defense industrial base to achieve greater visibility into the threats our industrial partners are facing,” Little said. “Suggestions that cyber intrusions have somehow led to the erosion of our capabilities or technological edge are incorrect.”

The Chinese government has insisted that it does not conduct cyber espionage on U.S. agencies or companies, and government spokesmen often complain that Beijing is a target of U.S. cyber attacks, the Post noted.

More In World News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

Subscribe!

Subscribe!

Login to This Week's Digital Edition

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Exclusive Events Coverage

In-depth news and multimedia coverage of industry trade shows and conferences.

TRADE SHOWS:

CONFERENCES:

Defensenews TV

  • Sign-up to receive weekly email updates about Vago's guests and the topics they will discuss.