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Chinese Hackers Seize U.S. Weapons Designs

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 1.44.08 PMDesigns for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.

Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.

Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.

The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs. But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.

The significance and extent of the targets help explain why the Obama administration has escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cyber­theft.

In January, the advisory panel warned in the public version of its report that the Pentagon is unprepared to counter a full-scale cyber-conflict. The list of compromised weapons designs is contained in a confidential version, and it was provided to The Washington Post.

Some of the weapons form the backbone of the Pentagon’s regional missile defense for Asia, Europe and the Persian Gulf. The designs included those for the advanced Patriot missile system, known as PAC-3; an Army system for shooting down ballistic missiles, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD; and the Navy’s Aegis ballistic-missile defense system.

Also identified in the report are vital combat aircraft and ships, including the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship, which is designed to patrol waters close to shore.

Also on the list is the most expensive weapons system ever built — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is on track to cost about $1.4 trillion. The 2007 hack of that project was reported previously.

Read more at The Washington Post

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  • ALL AMERICAN

    Hacked…?!?!?
    My arse!
    You know Barry and his rump rangers had something to do with this.

  • Kent2012

    is it not amazing how our enemies gain information(secrets) when there is a democommie in office.. old billy is a traitor, my guess is that kenyan boy is to….

  • DouglasDauntless

    Hacking is just an excuse for the Obama Regime giving away our secrets to China so B.O. and Clinton can fill their librarys with tons of money for selling our out to the enemy, making it easier for them to walk all over us.

    • Watching_and_Waiting

      I think you are on to something. However one looks at this scandal – for that is what it is – it is just one more treasonous “occurance” on Obama’s watch. He will no doubt assign Eric Holder or Chuck Hegel to investigate this breach of info(LOL). Hey – great idea. From now on, let’s just have everyone investigate themselves. Naw, that sounds sort of creepy – kinda like “googling one’s self” sounds weird. “Hey Holder, Obama – why don’t you go google yourselves!” Now that just doesn’t sound right. Just sayin’

  • sdesislets

    Why in the world would there EVER be any top-secret weapons designs (or anything else for that matter) stored on such a way as to be accessible from the outside? Are these people really that stupid?

    • Watching_and_Waiting

      THAT is a DARN good question. I’ve asked that myself many times. If a person or a government) has something really valuable and REALLY secret – then it should be completely inaccessable by online or other electronic means. I don’t care what the “savvy” naysayers will say about ‘that is not reasonable in today’s world’ Sorry, but look at what happens whenever something is done according to today’s standards – it always gets FUBAR’d and hacked up. ALWAYS. We need to go back to yesterday’s standards in more than one way (morally, and yes, in some ways, accessibility-wise & technology-wise also, to safe-guard what is supposed to be safe-guarded!). No Duh!

    • gepops58

      do you really have to ask if they are that stupid its things like this that really confirms this to me…….YES THEY ARE REALLY THAT STUPID!!!!!!!!

  • Robert S Moulds

    Nice going comrade Barack now the worlds largest army has our secrets. I see a scandal Joe Biden or no Joe maybe comrade Barack should be deported to Peking after he is impeached.

  • edc

    It’s their money obaal is using so they own the designs.They’re just hacking into what they paid for. He probably gave them the password.

  • Levi

    The computers are made in China. No doubt they put a back door into all computers to bring us down whenever they want too.

  • Casey

    hacked my ass…some1 sold us out..like always.

  • gepops58

    hummm I seem to recall some other top secret stuff coming up in the hands of the enemies and all under the eyes of the ovomit administration but they all claim that none of them let out any secrets……yea right and none of this bunch would lie either huh!!!! question is how long is congress going to sit on their collective butts before they drag this bunch out of the white house into the street and do a public hanging for treason