Chinese hackers breach key US weapons designs

Chinese hackers breach key US weapons designs

Chinese hackers have compromised the designs of some of America’s most sensitive and advanced weapons systems—including vital parts of the nation’s missile defenses, fighter aircraft and warships—the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The Post cited a report prepared for the Pentagon by the Defense Science Board, which groups government officials and private sector experts. The document, “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat,” paints a grim picture of cyber-espionage emanating from China only 10 days before President Barack Obama meets in California with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time.

Beijing, riding a wave of robust economic growth, has been building up its military —and while the report does not accuse China’s government of stealing the designs, such intrusions could help the world’s most populous country enhance its armed forces.

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