Data leak hits French sub maker

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FRENCH de­fence con­trac­tor DCNS has been hit by a mas­sive leak of se­cret data on its sub­marines likely to alarm In­dia, Malaysia and Chile, which use the boats, The Aus­tralian news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day.

The 22,400 leaked pages, which the daily said it had seen, de­tail the com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity of the Scor­peneclass sub­ma­rine DCNS de­signed for the In­dian navy, and vari­ants of which are used by Malaysia and Chile.

Brazil is also due to de­ploy the ves­sels from 2018.

Aus­tralia awarded DCNS an A$50 bil­lion (US$38 bil­lion) con­tract last April to de­sign and build its next gen­er­a­tion of sub­marines.

But Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull sought to play down the im­pact on Can­berra say­ing while the leak was “of con­cern”, the Scor­pene was a dif­fer­ent model to the subs Aus­tralia is buy­ing.

“The sub­ma­rine we are build­ing or will be build­ing with the French is called the Bar­racuda, quite com­pletely dif­fer­ent sub­ma­rine to the Scor­pene they are build­ing for In­dia,” he told Chan­nel Seven.

“We have the high­est se­cu­rity pro­tec­tions on all of our de­fence in­for­ma­tion, whether it is in part­ner­ship with other coun­tries or en­tirely within Aus­tralia.” –

Photo: AFP

A Thai bomb squad in­spects the site of the deadly bomb­ing from the night be­fore out­side a ho­tel in the south­ern prov­ince of Pat­tani yes­ter­day.

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