Video: China hacked “critical” US military systems

posted at 9:21 am on May 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

And here you thought that China was only interested in the latest iPhone design and Amanda Bynes’ selfies. The Washington Post reported yesterday that more than two dozen military systems critical to the defense of forward assets have had their designs stolen in hacking attempts tracked back to China:

Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.

Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.

Not so coincidentally, those would be the same systems that the US Navy would need in in the Pacific Rim if a conflict broke out.  The Post’s Ellen Nakashima connects a couple of dots between this leak and recent warnings from the Obama administration:

The significance and extent of the targets help explain why the Obama administration has escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cyber­theft.

In January, the advisory panel warned in the public version of its report that the Pentagon is unprepared to counter a full-scale cyber-conflict. The list of compromised weapons designs is contained in a confidential version, and it was provided to The Washington Post.

You know what that means … Eric Holder will soon be signing a search warrant naming Nakashima as a co-conspirator in espionage, that’s what.  As long as it distracts from China’s actual espionage, which was happening under the noses of the White House while claiming in court that Fox News’ James Rosen was a national-security and flight threat, they won’t even mind if the Post finds out about the warrant.

CBS News reported on the revelations this morning:

There are new allegations of a serious breach of American military secrets in a confidential report, first obtained by the Washington Post, which says Chinese cyber spies gained access to the designs for dozens of major U.S. weapons systems.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reported on “CBS This Morning” that the report, put together by the Defense Science Board for Pentagon leaders, includes a veritable who’s who of the weapons that will be involved in President Barack Obama’s so-called “Pacific pivot.” The pivot, Martin explained, is where you take the weight of the U.S. military away from the wars of the last decade and move them into the Pacific Ocean where the main competitor is China.

The report says the Chinese hackers have gained access to data on a number of weapons systems, including three missile defense systems, including one high-altitude system, one low-altitude defense system and a ship-based defense system.

Other combat aircraft and ships’ designs were also compromised, including the Littoral combat ship, a new Navy vessel just deployed to Singapore, the Marines’ Osprey aircraft, which takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane and was deployed recently to Japan, and the Navy’s F-18 jet fighter, the military branch’s primary carrier aircraft.

Basically, we just have to assume that China knows all it needs to know to defend against these systems.  We’d better have that same knowledge, too, because China will replicate these systems and move them against us in order to push us out of the Pacific Rim and claim dominance in that region.  Hacking is a lot less expensive than actual R&D, and apparently relatively risk-free to boot.

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This is serious. Quick, schedule another fundraiser.

The Rogue Tomato on May 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Smart Power!

geojed on May 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Time to start seeding these systems with “honeypots” of false info.

Why we allow systems that contain defense information to be physically connected to the internet in any fashion is beyond me.

Defenestratus on May 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Ok time to sell more bonds to China.

hip shot on May 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Nice to know Eric Holder will be there for us.

TimBuk3 on May 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

This, plus what Clinton gave them, is serious.

Akzed on May 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

If they had hacked at 3 am, Hillary would have caught them…

right2bright on May 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

See!!

Republicans NEED to nomiate that guy…what’s his name??

Oh yeah, HUNTSMAN!!

He speaks Mandarin ya know…

ToddPA on May 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Um, why were these systems on the web where just about anything can be hacked into?

rbj on May 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Idiot Obama.

bluegill on May 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

includes a veritable who’s who of the weapons that will be involved in President Barack Obama’s so-called “Pacific pivot.”

What? Another pivot from the Dog Eating Retard. Why can’t the doofus just do his damn job instead of making it look like everything is a singular focus.

Eh what am I saying, the Teenager in Chief is probably wetting his pants right now at having to deal with yet another debacle under his watch.

Bishop on May 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Hey, I have an idea: don’t allow Internet access to important information.

Dumb &$@$!

MTF on May 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Sorry, I am not buying “revelations” coming from this admin, especially not after the IRS “revelation”.

I’d bet the info was transferred by more conventional means, and the CYA cover up starts with this “revelation” of “hacking”.

After all, we already have an established pattern of behavior by BHO’s crew.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The Washington Post reported yesterday that more than two dozen military systems critical to the defense of forward assets have had their designs stolen in hacking attempts tracked back to China

And WaPo would like the Chicoms to know how successful their efforts have been.

I’m sure Comrade O’s DoJ will begin aggressively investigating this leak and the WaPo journalists involved any day now, right?

farsighted on May 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Cripe

Let’s focus on Obama in jersey and the Zimmerman trial today
-lsm deflection

cmsinaz on May 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I worked for a Chinese company for a while and can confirm that all the crap you hear about them is true.

perroviejo on May 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry

.

No worries, the DoD civilians are getting their furlough notices this week. That show disruption will really help in fixing these issues. /

The real question in all of this is simple. We know that the Chinese are engaged in espionage against America. What the hell are our guys doing to Chinese systems…… And the answer had better not be “nothing.”

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

This entire attitude of making it easier…or “if it ain’t on the computer, it doesn’t exist” will kill us all one day.

Hard copy…hand delivered…or sent via bona fide courier or bigoted secure dedicated electronic channels (like in the old days…) might take a little longer, but at least it cuts down on the chance it gets “hacked.”

Our defense systems, our intel systems, today rely on the internet…now how stupid is that?

Instantaneous communication…around the world…and the entire world, if they are earnest, can read it all. Hacking is not rocket science.

What was that old saying about trading security for convenience?

coldwarrior on May 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

You know what that means … Eric Holder will soon be signing a search warrant naming Nakashima as a co-conspirator in espionage, that’s what.

Why of course he will.

That is, unless all leaks to WaPo have the WH’s stamp of approval on them. Making them official “leaks”.

farsighted on May 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Don’t worry folks – the Dear Liar plans on heading out on a campaign stop and he’s going to get really mad about it (even though he didn’t know about until 5 minutes ago) and will demand that we get to the bottom of it..

Galt2009 on May 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Let’s focus on Obama in jersey and the Zimmerman trial today
-lsm deflection

cmsinaz on May 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Yeah because Chris Christie dry-humping the rat-eared coward’s leg is so newsworthy a distraction.

I really would like the media to start connecting the dots. Targeting groups by multiple federal agencies. Illegal seizure of phone records by DoJ not to mention gun-running and money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. The Chinese intelligence gathering………. Yeah the LSM really has their priorities straight when it comes to the news.

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I don’t buy it. This information isn’t available on open networks.

matd on May 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

…so…in our daily lives…instead of just “Press one for English” and “Press two for Spanish”…we should start with a third option soon…”Press three for Chinese”!

KOOLAID2 on May 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Our defense systems, our intel systems, today rely on the internet…now how stupid is that?

Instantaneous communication…around the world…and the entire world, if they are earnest, can read it all. Hacking is not rocket science.

What was that old saying about trading security for convenience?

coldwarrior on May 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

How did we survive in days gone past without all this data on our most critical secrets available at the touch of a button?

….. and how will we survive now?

Galt2009 on May 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Why we allow systems that contain defense information to be physically connected to the internet in any fashion is beyond me.

Defenestratus on May 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

+1000

while you’re at it, throw in our power infrastructure.

WitchDoctor on May 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Since the Chinese already know we are broke, could it be payback for our debt…esh I so hate to even think this way!

CoffeeLover on May 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.

So, we know about these incidents because someone passed a classified report to a journalist?!? WTH do the Chinese even need to hack anything? They can just walk up to the nearest “anonymous source” and ask!

I do not support what the administration has done to journalists, but I do support them finding leakers of classified information and prosecuting them thoroughly for it. If you are in possession of classified information, you need to keep your mouth shut, and protect the information!

Hey, I have an idea: don’t allow Internet access to important information.

Dumb &$@$!

MTF on May 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Do you know anything about where these documents were stored? The classified military network is “on the internet”. If you can’t share that information you can’t work on it in a distributed fashion, raising costs significantly and increasing the time required to procure or develop these systems.

GWB on May 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Don’t worry folks – the Dear Liar plans on heading out on a campaign stop and he’s going to get really mad about it (even though he didn’t know about until 5 minutes ago) and will demand that we get to the bottom of it..

Galt2009 on May 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

You forgot the part where he claims that people will be held accountable for this.

Serious question…. Has anybody been held accountable for anything within this organization. The DoJ is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans but Eric Holder isn’t going anywhere. The whore who targeted conservative groups got a promotion and is now running the IRS enforcement of Obamacare. Hillary Clinton feigned illness until her last weeks in office and lied her ass off about what happened in Benghazi. It goes on and on without anybody being held to account for anything.

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Yepper HN

cmsinaz on May 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Would that be those plans with the bugs deliberately built into them?

Cleombrotus on May 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Basically, we just have to assume that China knows all it needs to know to defend against these systems.

It is best to always assume this, not just because WaPo says so.

Assuming you enemies can defeat your current weapons systems is how weapons systems are continually improved and news weapons system conceived, designed, and developed.

Also, whenever the MSM reports on the probable ineffectiveness and deficiencies of our weapons systems I always recall the run-up to the first Gulf War. The MSM continuously reported for months that our weapons systems were no good, that they were too complex and fragile, that they would fail, and that tens of thousands of US soldier, Marines, and airmen would die.

They could not have been more wrong.

The MSM has repeated that melodramatic script several times since.

Which is why I usually heavily discount any reports about how poor or ineffective our weapons systems are or would be.

It may be true that some of our weapons systems will be ineffective, will break, have been compromised, etc. But I doubt WaPo, or the NYT, or CBSNBCABCCNNMSNBC will know which ones or in what way they will be ineffective.

When it comes to the military the MSM rarely has any idea WTH it is talking about and it gets an awful lot flat out wrong.

farsighted on May 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

How is any of this information located in ANY computer with aan on-line connection? When you are dealing with stuff like this, the nerds that exchange this information through the net need severe re-education and an attitude adjustment. Of course, before the net, this information was hand carried and subject to alcohol and honey traps. I think we are too soft on the terminally stupid.

Old Country Boy on May 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

How did we survive in days gone past without all this data on our most critical secrets available at the touch of a button?

….. and how will we survive now?

Galt2009 on May 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Not as well as we do now.

GWB on May 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Why we allow systems that contain defense information to be physically connected to the internet in any fashion is beyond me.

We don’t. Take a look around the media and notice the absolute explosion of articles on cyber security along with people begging for money. This is just an elaborate fundraiser.

Kanyin on May 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I get the strange feeling that this story is even worse than they’re saying it is.

JetBoy on May 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

So is this going to be used by Obama that the Dems have changed their ways? I mean, Clinton sold the crown jewels of ballistic missile guidance systems to the Chinese in exchange for easily traced campaign funds. Will Obama say this proves he wasn’t on the take from the Chinese – that on his watch he made them work for the same type of goodies?

Next, we will hear that those systems will be scraped because they are ineffective and to save money.

Finally, we will be treated to a chorus of cries from Dems in Congress and the White House blaming the Republicans for underfunding cybersecurity measures in the federal government.

in_awe on May 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

The Chinese hacking is a blatant act of war. However, this administration doesnt beleive in war….

paulsur on May 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Don’t worry folks – the Dear Liar plans on heading out on a campaign stop and he’s going to get really mad about it (even though he didn’t know about until 5 minutes ago) and will demand that we get to the bottom of it..

Galt2009 on May 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

You forgot the part where he claims that people will be held accountable for this.

Doh! Yes, I forgot that essential part.

Serious question…. Has anybody been held accountable for anything within this organization. The DoJ is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans but Eric Holder isn’t going anywhere. The whore who targeted conservative groups got a promotion and is now running the IRS enforcement of Obamacare. Hillary Clinton feigned illness until her last weeks in office and lied her ass off about what happened in Benghazi. It goes on and on without anybody being held to account for anything.

Happy Nomad on May 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Excellent question!

The first response would be that in the feral government, no one is held responsible.

But think about it this way – the ability of the Dear Liar and his regime to get away with murder will be their downfall.

Does anyone really think that the regime will stop acting illegally IF they get away with past wrongdoing?

They have no incentive to change their ways – and their scandals will only grow in size until they become too big for even the BSM to ignore.

Galt2009 on May 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I get the strange feeling that this story is even worse than they’re saying it is.

JetBoy on May 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

You mean like Obama ignoring the fact that China worked with Iran to recover the U S Drone aircraft that crashed in Iran (yep, the very same top secret classified Drone aircraft Obama chose not to go in and destroy or recover),which China has probably already reverse engineered and replicated?

Why should China risk going in and hacking top secret U S technology, if Obama is more than willing to basically hand our weapons systems over to them due to his sheer incompetence?

Cavalry on May 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Will Obama say this proves he wasn’t on the take from the Chinese …?

in_awe on May 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Well, duh! He’s on the take from an entirely different group of foreigners…….

GWB on May 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

This should come as no surprise as many defense contractors hire Chinese and there have been a number of proven espionage cases in the past.

bw222 on May 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The Chinese are preparing the battle field. Isn’t this “hacking” an act of war?

Mason on May 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

With high-tech secrets you get egg roll?

Don L on May 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

You bet the Chinese are nostalgic for the Clenis times when he was dispensing nuclear secrets freely, now they have to work a little to get them… but anyways, how is this news, besides this government has bigger fish to fry than the Chinese bastages, James Rosen comes to mind :)

jimver on May 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Man! Isn’t it just amazing how the Chinese are always able to get their hands on our most sensitive technology when a Democrat is in the Whitehouse?

SAMinVA on May 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The Chinese government says it is innocent of all charges and I believe them.

1 The Obama Administration is far too clever to allow Chinese hackers into their defense computer data-bases–stopping them cold with impossible to break, super-sophisticated password codes like “FIDO” and “FLUFFY”

2 The Chinese government has not only never cheated or lied but they have never (in the words of a great ex-Secretary of State) EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT cheating or lying.
3 It is possible however that a few LOWER LEVEL employees in the Chinese Government–especially a few ROGUE employees at the Chin-Chin-Nati office may have harbored a few reactionary ideas but they have since been disciplined with promotions, commendations and bonuses.

MaiDee on May 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This a military attack on the United States. These attacks have been going on for some time now. t is embarrassing that we have not caught on by now & have fixed the problem by now. It should be treated as a military attack – China should be warned immediately to stop. The next attack should be followed by a few TLAMS striking their cyber HQ building from where we know the have been perpetrating their attacks.

easyt65 on May 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

China is doing exactly what I learned in High School Football –

Run a ‘sweep’ to the right & the defense can’t stop…keep doing it until they do.

China is continuing its highly successful cyber attacks/plundering of this nation until we stop it…which we have proven so far NOT to be able to do!

easyt65 on May 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Instantaneous communication…around the world…and the entire world, if they are earnest, can read it all. Hacking is not rocket science.

What was that old saying about trading security for convenience?

coldwarrior on May 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

But neither is securing a system.

This is ridiculous. Lock the ********* door.

Axe on May 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM