Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chinese Spies Steal F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Data from BAE Systems

The Australian reports today that the rumors surrounding the potential theft of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter data from BAE Systems by Chinese spies in 2009 should be taken with more than a grain of salt.

This author suggest an old-school approach involving safes and paper instead of data servers. Major defense manufacturers must learn to protect their data better than this:

CHINESE spies hacked into computers belonging to BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest defence company, to steal details about the design, performance and electronic systems of the West’s latest fighter jet, senior security figures have disclosed.

The Chinese exploited vulnerabilities in BAE’s computer defences to steal vast amounts of data on the $300 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a multinational project to create a plane that will give the West air supremacy for years to come, according to the sources.

The hacking attack has prompted fears that the fighter jet’s advanced radar capabilities could have been compromised. Read More