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Chinese government hackers steal trove of US Navy data: report

AFP  |  Washington 

hackers have stolen a massive of sensitive information from a US contractor, including secret plans to develop a new type of submarine-launched anti-ship missile, the Post reported today.

Investigators told the newspaper that breaches were executed in January and February by a division of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, operating out of the Chinese province of

The contractor, which was not named in the report, works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, based in Newport, It conducts research and development for submarines and

According to the Post, hackers swiped 614 gigabytes of data that included information relating to sensors, cryptographic systems and a little-known project called Sea Dragon.

The has not said much about Sea Dragon, launched in 2012, except that it is aimed at adapting existing military technologies to new uses.

At the Navy's request, withheld information about the compromised new system, but said it was for a supersonic anti-ship that could be launched from submarines.

declined to confirm report, citing security reasons.

"Evolving cyber threats are serious matters and we are continuously bolstering our cybersecurity culture by focusing on awareness of the cyber threat, and the adequacy of our cyber defences and capabilities," he told AFP.

Chinese hackers have for years targeted the 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.

of the hack comes amid rising tensions between and on a range of issues including trade and military matters.

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. 03:35 IST