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The Pen­tagon’s se­nior spokesman said Tues­day that the De­fense Depart­ment shares the rest of the govern­ment’s con­cerns about China’s theft of trade data.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said he is not aware of the spe­cific im­pact of Mon­day’s in­dict­ment of five mem­bers of a Chi­nese mil­i­tary hack­ing unit.

“I can tell you just in gen­eral, we share the U.S. govern­ment’s con­cern about in­tel­lec­tual theft and property theft from cy­ber,” the spokesman said.

“The pres­i­dent’s been clear, the sec­re­tary’s been clear that we re­main deeply con­cerned about these govern­ment-spon­sored cy­ber-en­abled thefts of trade se­crets and other sen­si­tive busi­ness in­for­ma­tion. It’s got to stop. We have the same con­cerns,” Adm. Kirby said.

Sev­eral U.S. and al­lied de­fense con­trac­tors have been vic­tims of Chi­nese cy­ber­at­tacks. The most dam­ag­ing case was the loss of se­crets re­lated to the Lock­heed Martin F-35, the mil­i­tary’s new­est jet.

U.S. de­fense of­fi­cials told In­side the Ring in March that F-35 se­crets ob­tained by cy­ber es­pi­onage seven years ago have be­gun ap­pear­ing in China’s new J-20 stealth fighter, which ap­pears very sim­i­lar in de­sign to the F-35.

Con­tact Bill Gertz at @Bil­lGertz.

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