Monday, October 24, 2016

Chinese Hackers Targeted The U.S. Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan On Its Recent Patrol In The South China Sea

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (rear) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Daily Mail: Chinese hackers 'targeted US aircraft carrier patrolling in South China Sea' as legal battle raged over who should control the waters

* USS Ronald Reagan was on patrol when Chinese group launched attack
* A communication impersonating an official message was sent to vessel
* It came just a day before decision on China's South China Sea expansion
* US Navy said there was no evidence the attempt had been successful

Chinese hackers tried to steal information from a US aircraft carrier patrolling in the South China Sea when the country was under pressure to withdraw its claim over the waters.

USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was on patrol in July when a Chinese-based group launched the cyber-attack.

A communication containing malware was sent to personnel onboard the vessel impersonated an official message on July 11. It was the day before China's expansionist claims over the South China Sea were dismissed at The Hague.

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Update: Chinese hackers targeted US aircraft carrier (Financial Times)

WNU Editor: I guess this explains why the Pentagon is worried about this .... Military Warns Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat (Washington Free Beacon).


Charles Wallace said...

That is what the DOD's scrubbers are for, it prevents malware or any form of email attached file from even reaching the ship. if it did get to the ship then it only shows how weak and complacent we have become.

Jac said...

Well, attack doesn't mean success. And the cyber-war is extremely tricky. When an attack is "successful" what does it mean? who knows if the "defense" will redirect the attack on "dirty files" with good and wrong data and even with virus and make the attackers wrongly "satisfied"?

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