Chinese hackers stole undersea warfare data from US Navy contractor

Chinese hackers stole undersea warfare data from US Navy contractor

The data stolen was held on the contractor's unclassified network but all the material together could be considered classified, officials told the Post.

The data was reportedly stolen from a Navy contractor who works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, although the Post's sources would not say which contractor was targeted.

Plans included an anti-ship missile system to be installed on USA submarines by 2020.

The stolen data included secret information about a project known as Sea Dragon, as well as cryptographic systems and the Navy submarine development unit's electronic warfare library, the paper reported.

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

The breaches took place in January and February.

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The impact of the hack on United States naval capabilities has been evaluated by the Pentagon's Damage Assessment Management Office, which has refused to comment on its findings, however.

In a comment to the Post, however, a Navy spokesman said there's a process in place for third parties to notify the government when a breach may have affected controlled unclassified information, but that it would be "inappropriate to discuss further details".

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

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) earlier this year said it had produced a similar named anti-submarine autonomous surface vessel around the time of the hack. 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.

The Pentagon has spent more than $300 million since 2015 on the Sea Dragon project, which involves adapting current Navy technology for new uses.

"The breach is part of China's long-running effort to blunt the U.S. advantage in military technology and become the preeminent power in East Asia".

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