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China hackers steal cache of US Navy data: report

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

hackers have stolen a massive cache of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare from a US contractor, including secret plans to develop a new type of submarine-launched anti-ship missile, a media report said today.

Some 614 gigabytes of material were taken in the breaches that occurred in January and February. Among these were secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship for use on US submarines by 2020, reported.

Quoting unnamed American officials, the daily said the stolen material also included information related to a secretive project known as Sea Dragon, as well as signals and sensor data, radio room information relating to cryptographic systems, and the development unit's electronic warfare library.

The data was stolen by Chinese hackers by breaching into the computers of a The name of the was not released by the daily.

"The breach is part of China's long-running effort to blunt the US advantage in technology and become the preeminent power in The comes as the is seeking to secure Beijing's support in persuading to give up nuclear weapons, even as tensions persist between the US and over trade and defence matters," said.

After the publication of the story, the inspector general's office said that had asked it to review cybersecurity issues, the daily said.

The is leading the investigation into the breach with the help of the FBI, officials said.

Chinese hackers have for years targeted the US to steal information and the says they have previously swiped crucial data on the new stealth fighter, the advanced Patriot PAC-3 system and other highly sensitive projects.

The last month pulled its invitation for to join maritime exercises in the Pacific because of Beijing's "continued militarisation" of the Sea.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 07:00 IST