Chinese hackers stole 50 terabytes of US classified data related to technical details of the F-35 aircraft, classified documents released by US whistle-blower, Edward Snowden have revealed.
The claim was promptly denied by the China. “The so-called evidence that has been used to launch groundless accusations against China is completely unjustified”, foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing today.
"According to the materials presented by the relevant person (read Snowden), some countries (read USA) themselves have disgraceful records on cyber security (referring to spying on US allies, earlier exposed by Snowden)”, the spokesman added.
US officials have long claimed that the Chinese J-31 stealth fighter which made its first public flight on November 11 last year at the Zhuhai Air Show, was based on blueprints and other data stolen from US companies.
The Wall Street Journal noted in a November 12 article, “the J-31 is the most visible fruit of Chinese cyber espionage. Cyber spies from the People’s Liberation Army stole F-35 data by hacking into the systems of defense contractor Lockheed Martin and at least six subcontractors”.
The Chinese Navy will focus on building nuclear submarines capable of launching nuclear missiles, an aircraft carrier fleet and command, control and communication assets as part of its medium term plans. Despite rapid development of new equipment, The Peoples Liberation Armys Navy (PLAN) “still lags far behind modernized naval giants in the world and its development speed is far from sufficient considering the fast expansion of maritime security interests and economic interests”, rear admiral Yin Zhuo, director of Chinese Navy Information Technology Advisory Committee, was quoted as saying by China Military Online, an official Chinese military publication
China unveiled its new J-31 stealth fighter jet at the Zhuhai Air Show last week as an alternative to the very expensive Lockheed Martin F-35 jet. The J-31 conducted a demonstration flight at the show with a mock-up also on display
Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is presenting a series of drones at the Zhuhai Air Show in China this week. The Yilong, or Pterodactyl drone, has garnered much attention and was reportedly selected by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force for purchase, as it was displayed along with other aircraft on active duty
Chinas People's Liberation Army ground force will have another new state-of-the-art weapon in its arsenal－the HJ-12 anti-tank missile, which can destroy tanks at a distance of more than 4 km, according to a report published by China Daily. Developed by China North Industries Group Corp, the weapon will enable the PLA to catch up with the antitank combat capability of its Western and Russian counterparts and help it gain a bigger share in the international military equipment market, according to the report
China's military drones participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) anti-terror drills in Inner Mongolia for the first time on Tuesday, according to Xinhua News Agency. Participating in the live fire drills, the drone, whos model was unidentified, shot off several missiles during the rehearsal, Shen Jinke, spokesman of China Air force was quoted as saying
A group of hackers supposedly affiliated with the Chinese military has spent years infiltrating the American aerospace industry and US trading partners in the space industry, a US cybersecurity company CrowdStrike said Monday. Officials from CrowdStrike accused the Shanghai-based unit 61486 of the Peoples Liberation Army 12th bureau of attacking American and other western networks in cyber-assaults that date back at least as far as to 2007, according to reports
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