Enter the Dragon

A recent report (with thanks to the Daily Mail):

Chinese hackers have accessed designs for more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems and stolen the blueprints for Australia’s new spy headquarters which hasn’t even been opened yet.

These latest strikes come after months of numerous computer security breaches involving Chinese hackers as the ongoing cyber war between China and the West intensifies.

Hackers have now ‘compromised’ U.S. designs for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile defences vital for Europe, Asia and the Gulf, it has emerged.

Among the weapons listed in the report were the advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile defence systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The report did not specify the extent or time of the cyber-thefts or indicate if they involved computer networks of the U.S. government, contractors or subcontractors.

But the espionage would give China knowledge that could be exploited in a conflict, such as knocking out communications and corrupting data, the Post said. It also could speed Beijing’s development of Chinese defence technology.

Seems like we are going to be up against it, if these reports are true. Another nail in the coffin of our expensive military assets?  CH.

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