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posted by mrpg on Wednesday June 13, @06:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the 600GB-of-txt-files-is-massive dept.

Nation-state attackers affiliated with the Chinese government have made off with a trove of undersea military secrets, according to a report.

Hackers were able to mount a lateral attack after compromising the networks of a Navy contractor working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island, according to a Washington Post report, citing American officials.

The result? “Massive amounts of highly sensitive data” flowed into the hands of China, unnamed officials told the paper, including “secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020.”

The incident happened January and February, the sources said, and resulted in 614 gigabytes of data, most of it highly sensitive info related to American offensive and defensive systems, including cryptography systems for secure communication, signals and sensor data, and the Navy’s electronic submarine warfare library, which contains information about adversary radar platforms.


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Reply to: Should this surprise me?

    (Score: 2, Insightful) by anubi on Wednesday June 13, @07:10AM

    by anubi (2828) on Wednesday June 13, @07:10AM (#692253)

    Our Congress has been duped into passing law to "protect" software from being examined to make sure it does not have hidden agendas in it... not much different than a businessman may want to read a contract to verify what the salesmen say is what he is really agreeing to. But, our Congress, at the urging of "rightsholders", has made it so that we can no longer "read the contract" to see what we are really submitting to our machine.

    The story also linked to the CC Cleaner backdoor [threatpost.com], which was the first I heard of it. I have used CCleaner on my machine for quite some time now, even had it recommended to me by a friend who knows IT a helluva lot more than I do. I scan my computer regularly with Microsoft's own Security Essentials, as well as Malwarebytes. None of them said a peep about it.

    How many other backdoors are hiding in other popular softwares? Even ones vetted by "trusted" sources? I know this is something that is really hard for a Congressman to understand, given they were brought up in a time where security was men wagging guns, and who those men took orders from. I guess from a Congressman's point of view, the "rightsholder" walked away happy, knowing now the buyer will not be able to read the pesky fine print which would have killed a sale.

    This is the result of ignorance. It can happen to any of us. Especially to those who put their head into a hole in the ground and think Congress can legislate cybersecurity by passing law.

    Didn't they learn anything from Prohibition?

    We really need a secure computing platform in the worst way. Not "security through obscurity". No.

    Security through knowledge of exactly how the thing works, so you KNOW when its doing something else. You would not take a manager, plug his ears and eyes in the name of DMCA, turn a bunch of employees ( with hidden agendas ) loose in his shop, and expect anything good to come of it? But that's the legal environment of computing Congress and the software industry are crafting for us. Obedience, misplaced trust, and ignorance are required for this business model.

    That is a tall price to pay to make sure someone does not copy a song.

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