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posted by mrpg on Wednesday June 13 2018, @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) by Oakenshield on Wednesday June 13 2018, @01:28PM (1 child)

    by Oakenshield (4900) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @01:28PM (#692321)

    I started using junk as decoys after I had a girlfriend who worked as a waitress at a popular eatery long time ago during the 70's energy crisis. The edict came down that none of the wait staff was to touch the thermostat. However, the restaurant patrons were not very happy when my girlfriend had to tell them she couldn't do anything. She told me about it. I dug up an old mechanical thermostat I had replaced because its contacts were all pitted and eroded, and accompanied her back to the restaurant and got permission from her boss to screw it onto the wall in full view of the diners after the place closed for the night. Whenever the diners complained about the heat, the wait staff was to go fiddle with it instead of telling the customer it can't be done. Seemed to make everyone quite a bit happier, and my girlfriend often treated me with some of the gracious tips she received because of that thing. No one but me, the restaurant owner, the manager, and the wait staff knew it was just a piece of junk screwed to the wall.

    The thermostat controls in our building are only for show as well. There are sensors to monitor the temperature in the thermostat housings, but the controls are totally useless. The only real control is on a Honeywell Computer program in the physical plant office. It's a feel good measure to make the peons feel like they have some control in their lives. The guys from physical plant told me that.

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  • (Score: 1) by anubi on Friday June 15 2018, @10:41AM

    by anubi (2828) on Friday June 15 2018, @10:41AM (#693419) Journal

    The thermostats at the college I recently attended were that way too. They repurposed the housing and wiring for a temperature sensor, but left the mechanical innards intact - but they weren't connected to anything.

    If one took the cover off, it was kinda obvious.

    Kinda makes sense... a student trekking to a classroom in 100 deg F ambient is apt to arrive wanting the thing at 60 degrees.. whereas the instructor, just arriving from across the hall in an air conditioned office, is fine with 78 deg.

    I suppose centralizing the controls stopped a lot of arguments over who controlled the thing.

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