HACKERS STOLE F-35 SECRETS
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.