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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:"affiliated with the USA government"

    (Score: 3, Interesting) by bzipitidoo on Wednesday June 13, @02:46PM

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Wednesday June 13, @02:46PM (#692348)

    You talk like you don't know the military boys.

    They want unbreakable security that they can break, in case it falls into enemy hands. They will throw the security away in a heartbeat if it inconveniences them too much, and hoke up bull to justify what they want to do. For instance, they want to use MS Windows, and they don't care that it's the least secure and most infected OS out there, they like it because they feel comfortable that they know how to use it. But they're also slow to approve new software. They've probably not yet moved to Windows 10. Might even still be using Windows 2000.

    How do they justify, on security grounds, their use of an old version of Windows? Well, it goes like this. Linux was written by foreigners, while Microsoft is an American company. How do we know these foreigners haven't put backdoors in Linux?? But Microsoft can be trusted, because they're American.

    Because military discipline can be excessively harsh, they are extremely anxious to avoid blame. The low ranking officers can be more worried about taking the blame than taking a bullet, it's that harsh. We're talking court martial, prison, hard labor, and dishonorable discharge. Their top security concern is not external enemies, it's internal ones, that is, their own bosses. They have a saying in the military: "shit rolls downhill". It's a succinct expression of the very common practice of blaming your underlings for your mistakes, who in turn blame their underlings, and so on.

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