Chinese Hackers Steal Sensitive Data on U.S. Subs and Missiles from Military Contractor, Report Says

June 11, 2018


Chinese government hackers have compromised an unnamed contractor for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a submarine research branch of the military, according to a new report. Six hundred fourteen gigabytes of data were stolen, including submarine communications data and information on a secretive project known as Sea Dragon.

The attack has been attributed to China’s Ministry of State Security, or MSS. The Washington Post, citing anonymous American officials, reports that the data was stored on the contractor’s unclassified network, though officials said the material could be considered classified and was highly sensitive.

The compromised data could give China important edges in both technology and tactics at sea, including in its conflict with a half-dozen nations including Japan and Indonesia over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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