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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: Re:Incompetence? Propaganda?

    (Score: 5, Insightful) by ledow on Wednesday June 13, @07:35AM

    by ledow (5567) on Wednesday June 13, @07:35AM (#692257) Homepage

    1) They broke into your secure systems. You obviously don't know how to make them.
    2) They did it without you knowing at first.
    3) They then managed to re-transmit that data somehow. Back over your own lines maybe? If so, boy do your "secure" systems need work.
    4) The data stolen could be useful to a foreign government (i.e. not encrypted end-to-end with good keys)
    5) You then claim they are Chinese state.

    The most worrying of thoseis the latter. Without proof, I could literally just say "The Russian government hacked me", which is incredibly different to:

    - Some place in Russia hacked me.
    - Some Russian guy hacked me.
    - I can prove that the data ended up in Russian government hands.
    - Someone else hacked me and made it look like it was coming from the Russian government.

    I've noticed a trend in the last few years of literally just attributing attacks to nation states, with zero explanation. And then, in the next sentence, saying that cyber-attacks are a justifiable cause for military retaliation. This is a slippery slope, especially with certain morons in power, which only ends in a state declaring war on another "just because", or based on entire false information.

    The only takeaway I really have is: The US can't secure their most secure systems adequately from the Internet.

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