Hackers Breach Fighter Jet Program

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon’s $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department’s costliest weapons program ever — according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.

Similar incidents have also breached the Air Force’s air-traffic-control system in recent months, these people say. In the case of the fighter-jet program, the intruders were able to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to design and electronics systems, officials say, potentially making it easier to defend against the craft.

The latest intrusions provide new evidence that a battle is heating up between the U.S. and potential adversaries over the data networks that tie the world together. The revelations follow a recent Wall Street Journal report that computers used to control the U.S. electrical-distribution system, as well as other infrastructure, have also been infiltrated by spies abroad.

……Former U.S. officials say the attacks appear to have originated in China. However it can be extremely difficult to determine the true origin because it is easy to mask identities online.

A Pentagon report issued last month said that the Chinese military has made “steady progress” in developing online-warfare techniques. China hopes its computer skills can help it compensate for an underdeveloped military, the report said.

If China keeps succeeding at hacking into DOD computer networks, they won’t have to worry about a goddamned ‘underdeveloped military’.

The Chinese Embassy said in a statement that China “opposes and forbids all forms of cyber crimes.” It called the Pentagon’s report “a product of the Cold War mentality” and said the allegations of cyber espionage are “intentionally fabricated to fan up China threat sensations.”

Yeah right. That’s why the cyber attacks were traced back to China.

……The U.S. has no single government or military office responsible for cyber security.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124027491029837401.html

Not comforting. The Chinese however, do have an ‘office’ set aside for cyber hacking.
http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/our-chinese-friends-commit-cyber-attacks/

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