Chinese government hackers have reportedly infiltrated the computers of a US navy contractor and stolen a large amount of highly sensitive data on undersea warfare.
Citing unnamed American officials, the Washington Post reported on Friday that the hackers had swiped 614 gigabytes of classified data including information related to sensors, submarine cryptographic systems and a closely held project known as Sea Dragon.
The officials declined to identify the compromised contractor but revealed that it had been working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a military organization headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry.
Among the stolen data were also plans for the development of a supersonic anti-ship missile to be used on US submarines by 2020.
The security breaches apparently took place in January and February of this year and there has been an ongoing…