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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: 5, Touché) by ledow on Wednesday June 13 2018, @08:22PM

    by ledow (5567) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @08:22PM (#692512) Homepage

    Yeah, we just need to take people at their word that Iraq has WMD.

    And then kill millions of people on that basis.

    Present evidence to the appropriate courts or organisations, or don't make the claim in public.
    You'll notice that plenty of countries, faced with actual attacks involving the deaths of people (e.g. attacks on UK soil by suspected Russian agents), present an allegation, evidence for it, take it to court, and get it proven. Not just assert something like that.

    I expect people to be able to back up any claim made in public to the satisfaction of those who make such decisions and not have media quote "officials" that are entirely unnamed and unwilling to confirm that claim in public (and, yes, in this case, it's a news article, but I could link to where named US military officials gave press conferences equating attacks with acts of war, and then alleging that a particular state was behind a particular attack, with literally nothing else said or done about it).

    If it's serious and provable enough to NAME A COUNTRY, it's serious enough you could end up in a war, so it's serious enough to have to present your evidence. Otherwise, you keep your mouth shut, as an "official".

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