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Chinese HackersCiting “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat,” a report prepared for the Defense Department by the Defense Science Board, the Washington Post reports that Chinese Hackers have very recently accessed American Weapons Designs, including aspects of the nation’s missile defenses, fighter aircraft, and warships. Click Here for a full list of the compromised systems.

In a report to Congress earlier this month, the Pentagon stated that the United States government had been targeted by hackers that appeared to be “attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.”

“From the president on down, this has become a key point of concern and discussion with China at all levels of our governments—and it will continue to be,” said National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

Of course Chinese officials have denied any involvement.

“China pays high attention to the cyber security issue and is firmly opposed to all forms of hacker attacks,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei. “Since it is very difficult to find out the origin of hacker attacks, it is very difficult to find out who carried out such attacks. I don’t know what the evidence is for media to make such kinds of reports.”

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the next 10 days.

“I’m sure it will be a topic of discussion,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney of the recent hacking.

“Cybersecurity is one of this administration’s top priorities, and we have long said that we are concerned about cyber intrusions emanating from China,” said Laura Lucas, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council. “What we have been seeking from China is for it to investigate our concerns and to start a dialogue with us on cyber issues.”

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Source:

  1. Chinese hackers breach key US weapons designs Yahoo! News
  2. Chinese hackers steal U.S. weapons systems designs, report says NBC News

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