China's state hackers have reportedly stolen a large amount of highly-sensitive USA navy data on its undersea warfare, including plans for supersonic anti-ship missiles on submarines.
American officials, who only talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity, said that the hackers stole massive amounts of data.
The contractor that was subjected to the attack was not identified in the report, but it was revealed that its work was commissioned by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Navy's research, development, test and evaluation center for submarines, as well as offensive and defensive undersea warfare.
The Navy and the FBVI are leading the investigation into the cybercrime. Bill Speaks was quoted as telling the Post.
In addition, 624 gigabytes of data related to a secretive project dubbed "Sea Dragon", information on cryptographic systems for submarine radio rooms, details about hundreds of mechanical and software systems, and signals and sensor data.
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"There are measures in place that require companies to notify the government when a "cyber incident" has occurred that has actual or potential adverse effects on their networks that contain controlled unclassified information", Navy spokesman Cmdr.
However, he also said that it would be "inappropriate" to add any more details.
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. The White House is seeking Beijing's help in negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear weapons, while at the same time sparring with China over trade and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, reports the Hill.
According to the Post, the Sea Dragon project was created by the Pentagon in 2012 to adapt existing US military technologies to new applications. Sea Dragon is a $300 million project scheduled for underwater testing in September.
"The idea is that we are going to rely heavily on submarines in the early effort of any conflict with the Chinese".