Chinese Hackers Steal Unclassified Data From Navy Contractor

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Chinese government hackers breached the files of a U.S. Navy contractor to steal submarine warfare secrets earlier this year, The Washington Post reported Friday.

China hacked a US Navy contractor and accessed details on the Navy's weapons plans - along with other sensitive information about military tech - according to a report from The Washington 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.

The Navy and the FBVI are leading the investigation into the cybercrime. Bill Speaks told the DC paper.

The 614 gigabyte "Sea Dragon" programme was also swiped in the attack as well.

The newspaper said it had agreed to withhold some details about the compromised missile project after the Navy said their release could harm national security.

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

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.

The revelation of the cyberattack, which happened last winter, comes days before President Trump attends a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who counts Beijing among his allies.

According to the Post, the Sea Dragon project was created by the Pentagon in 2012 to adapt existing USA military technologies to new applications.

Naval experts fear that the build-up is created to undermine the US's ability to defend its allies in the region and suggests that most of the advancements made have come from cyber attacks mostly aimed at private contractors.

"U.S. naval forces are going to have a really hard time operating in that area, except for submarines, because the Chinese don't have a lot of anti-submarine warfare capability", Bryan Clark, a naval researcher at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Post.

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