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WASHINGTON/CANBERRA (Reuters) - Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems, a U.S. report said on Monday, as Australian media said Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints for Australia's new spy headquarters.
Citing a report prepared for the Defense Department by the Defense Science Board, the Washington Post said the compromised U.S. designs included those for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile defenses vital for Europe, Asia and the Gulf.
Among the weapons listed in the report were the 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.
Originally posted by Romeo1
These stories are usually most always over-blown and usually the compromise is minimal...trust me we didnt loose anything that probably couldnt be bought from someone anywhere else...
Originally posted by Echo007
I have a hard time believing news like this. You don't keep billions of dollars worth of Military tech on unsecured networks, let alone one that is connect to the internet. I bet they used fake designs to bait hackers, use it to push an agenda forward.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by Sankari
Through the computers at Boeing, and Lockheed, and whoever makes the systems. They have to email changes to each other, and have access to the designs on their computers, so they can be accessed through that way.
Originally posted by rickymouse
Now why would anyone have these systems available to be hacked? I mean, I would have no way that anyone could access this information from the net if I was in charge of it. This doesn't even make any sense. Same with power plants around the country, why is it even possible that anyone can hack into them, they should not be linked at all through any sort of net. We are creating a dangerous situation here, leaving everyone open to cyber attack when we do not need to be. Stupidity at high levels I guess or possibly a deliberate intent.
(CNSNews.com) – Intruders from China hacked into computers and stole the blueprints for America’s new joint strike fighter planes, the F-35 and F-22, according to the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management.
Thousands of confidential files on the U.S. military's most technologically advanced fighter aircraft have been compromised by unknown computer hackers over the past two years, according to senior defense officials.
The Internet intruders were able to gain access to data related to the design and electronics systems of the Joint Strike Fighter through computers of Pentagon contractors in charge of designing and building the aircraft, according to the officials, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.
In addition to files relating to the aircraft, hackers gained entry into the Air Force's air traffic control systems, according to the officials. Once they got in, the Internet hackers were able to see such information as the locations of U.S. military aircraft in flight.
When the fix is installed, the ALIS should work as originally envisioned. Testing is ongoing to make sure the link to Eglin AFB, Florida--which is the ALIS hub for US F-35s-is secure, Killea says. "That authority to connect piece is currently in the works," he says. "We look forward to, ultimately, that system being back together as one unit the way it was designed."