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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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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by anubi on Wednesday June 13, @09:59AM (1 child)

    by anubi (2828) on Wednesday June 13, @09:59AM (#692287)

    I get the idea that the "Rods from God" concept would be fatal to ships... Guided Kinetic weapons.

    I would imagine it would be almost like when one is in an airplane, if one sees another airplane in the sky... and it does NOT appear to move ... then both of you are on a collision course.

    The "Rod from God" will have a very tiny observation window in space, and appear to not move... from your vantage point ... until its right on you.

    And China is getting quite comfortable about using space based systems.

    ( A "Rod from God" is something like a telephone pole sized chunk of something like a depleted uranium alloy, alloyed for temperature and hardness, and extremely heavy, in orbit, de-orbited, arriving at earth's surface almost white-hot at enormous velocity. No propellant or explosives involved. Sheer delivered kinetic energy on impact. Nasty. )

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  • (Score: 1) by tftp on Wednesday June 13, @03:43PM

    by tftp (806) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 13, @03:43PM (#692372) Homepage
    Uncontrolled deorbiting will allow you to hit the right continent or the right ocean, maybe. The optimal, self-stabilizing spaceship capsule lands plus or minus hundred miles. Controlled deorbiting will require control structures that survive the descent, something like STS.