Chinese hackers accessed US military secrets: confidential report
Chinese hackers have accessed secret designs for dozens of US military weapons including missile defense technology and fighter jets, according to a confidential expert report prepared for the Pentagon.
The report comes as Western nations grow increasingly concerned about cyber attacks likely carried out by China’s military.
Among the weapons believed to have been compromised are the F/A-18, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, V-22 Osprey, Black Hawk helicopter, the new Littoral Combat ship and missile defense systems.
Experts worry Chinese cyber espionage could help it achieve its goal of keeping the US military out of the western Pacific in the event of a conflict.
China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly denied responsibility for attacks on US government and private targets.
Yet a February report from security firm Mandiant identified attacks on US companies as coming from a PLA building in Shanghai.
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