Chinese hackers have breached US security and accessed designs for major weapons systems. US officials aren’t coming right out and accusing the Chinese government of anything, but they are issuing some stern warnings, according to The Washington Post.
Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.
Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.
The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs. But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.
The significance and extent of the targets help explain why the Obama administration has escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cybertheft. (Read More)
Well, maybe if we just ask nicely the Chinese will call off their hackers. I mean, come on, we elected The One who will make the world love us. Oh wait, never mind.