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Top Gun takeover: Stolen F-35 secrets showing up in China's stealth fighter
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:51:27 +0000 (UTC)
By Bill Gertz
Washington Free Beacon
March 13, 2014
A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive
technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest
version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S.
officials and private defense analysts.
The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed
Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that
targeted governments and industry.
Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military
unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The
data was then passed to the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China
An AVIC subsidiary, the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, used the stolen
data in building the J-20, said defense and intelligence officials
familiar with reports of the illicit tech transfer.
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