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Chi­nese com­puter hack­ers re­cently hit the Bri­tish de­fense contractor BAE, a part­ner in the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pro­gram.

“For 18 months, Chi­nese cy­ber at­tacks had taken place against BAE and had man­aged to get hold of plans of one of its lat­est fight­ers,” a se­nior BAE ex­ec­u­tive told London’s Sun­day Times.

There were sim­i­lar re­ports of Chi­nese cy­ber­at­tacks against Northrop Grum­man, an­other part­ner in the F-35 JSF project.

“Chi­nese hack­ers ac­tu­ally sat in on what were sup­posed to have been se­cure, on­line pro­gram-progress con­fer­ences,” the Feb. 3 edi­tion of Avi­a­tion Week quoted U.S. gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as say­ing.

China has shown rapid de­vel­op­ment of ad­vanced, nextgen­er­a­tion air­craft and un­manned air­craft that ap­pear un­can­nily sim­i­lar to orig­i­nal U.S. designs. They in­clude China’s J-20 fifth-gen­er­a­tion stealth fighter and what ap­pear to be home­made adap­ta­tions of Global Hawk and other in­tel­li­gence and sen­sor air­craft.

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