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AHeneen
04-21-2009, 02:13 AM
Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,517232,00.html)

http://norway.usembassy.gov/uploads/5r/1_/5r1_vV-0hgHZFh5AN0Fjxw/JSF_real_500x400.jpg

WASHINGTON Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.

Similar incidents have also breached the Air Force's air-traffic-control system in recent months, these people say. In the case of the fighter-jet program, the intruders were able to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to design and electronics systems, officials say, potentially making it easier to defend against the craft.

The latest intrusions provide new evidence that a battle is heating up between the U.S. and potential adversaries over the data networks that tie the world together. The revelations follow a recent Wall Street Journal report that computers used to control the U.S. electrical-distribution system, as well as other infrastructure, have also been infiltrated by spies abroad.

Attacks like these or U.S. awareness of them appear to have escalated in the past six months, said one former official briefed on the matter. "There's never been anything like it," this person said, adding that other military and civilian agencies as well as private companies are affected. "It's everything that keeps this country going."

Many details couldn't be learned, including the specific identity of the attackers, and the scope of the damage to the U.S. defense program, either in financial or security terms. In addition, while the spies were able to download sizable amounts of data related to the jet-fighter, they weren't able to access the most sensitive material, which is stored on computers not connected to the Internet.

Continued from the WSJ... (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124027491029837401.html#mod=article-outset-box)

djones520
04-21-2009, 08:11 AM
Nope... No need for a strong defense against countries like China. :rolleyes:

jediab
04-21-2009, 09:43 AM
Next thing Obama will do it say he's sorry for America having obstructions in the way of the hackers.

Odysseus
04-21-2009, 10:37 AM
Next thing Obama will do it say he's sorry for America having obstructions in the way of the hackers.

I don't know why they bothered. He'd have probably declassified the whole thing shortly.

AlmostThere
04-21-2009, 04:25 PM
It appears we are moving in a totally different direction. At least on it's face. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/21/proposed-heavy-restrictions-internet-freedoms/


Senate Proposal Could Put Heavy Restrictions on Internet Freedoms
The days of an open, largely unregulated Internet may soon come to an end.

A bill making its way through Congress proposes to give the U.S. government authority over all networks considered part of the nation's critical infrastructure. Under the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2009, the president would have the authority to shut down Internet traffic to protect national security.

The government also would have access to digital data from a vast array of industries including banking, telecommunications and energy. A second bill, meanwhile, would create a national cybersecurity adviser -- commonly referred to as the cybersecurity czar -- within the White House to coordinate strategy with a wide range of federal agencies involved.....

This is so totally scary.

noonwitch
04-22-2009, 08:24 AM
It's a cool-looking plane, though. The chinese couldn't build something that cool-look at their cars.

Odysseus
04-22-2009, 03:45 PM
It's a cool-looking plane, though. The chinese couldn't build something that cool-look at their cars.

True. The J-10 looks rather clunky by comparison.
http://www.sinodefence.com/airforce/fighter/images/j10_01.jpg

Goldwater
04-22-2009, 03:47 PM
Nope... No need for a strong defense against countries like China. :rolleyes:

Got nothing to do with budgets or presidents, it's about government departments being run securely and away from the internet if they have state secrets.