WaPost: U.S. Advanced Weapons Designs Stolen by Chinese Hackers.

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Chinese hackers have stolen some of America‘s most sensitive weapons designs — a dangerous development that could endanger soldiers in a conflict with ChinaThe Washington Post reports.

A confidential report prepared for the Pentagon by the Defense Science Board does not accuse the Chinese government, but senior officials told the Post that the breaches were part of a growing espionage effort that targets defense contractors.

Many of the larger contractors have put up effective security, so the hackers have gone after subcontractors instead.

“In many cases, they don’t know they’ve been hacked until the FBI comes knocking on their door,” a senior military official told the Post. “This is billions of dollars of combat advantage for China. They’ve just saved themselves 25 years of research and development. It’s nuts.”

The cybertheft gives China an edge that it could exploit during a conflict, it accelerates China’s…

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