The reported theft by Chinese hackers of blueprints for the US’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter amounted to 50 terabytes of categorized info, paperwork leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed.
The hackers are believed by many US officers to be affiliated with the Chinese authorities. The humiliating 2007 incident saved China “25 years of research and development,” based on a US army official cited by The Washington Post in a 2013 article masking the breach.
Previous media experiences stated “several terabytes” of knowledge was stolen, however based on the brand new paperwork printed by the German journal Der Spiegel final week, the precise quantity was far larger, at 50 terabytes –the equal of 5 Libraries of Congress.
The knowledge – reportedly used by China to construct their very own superior fighter jets – consists of detailed engine schematics and radar design.
F-35 blueprints are only a fraction of what Chinese hackers have allegedly stolen from the Pentagon’s knowledge vaults over time. The reported haul consists of some two dozen superior weapon programs, together with the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System, Littoral Combat Ship designs and rising railgun expertise, a categorized report revealed in 2013.
Edward Snowden, a former NSA worker, leaked hundreds of categorized paperwork to varied media retailers in 2013. The focus of the leaks was on massive digital surveillance packages by the company and its allies throughout the globe.
The US authorities needs to prosecute Snowden for espionage, however for a lot of he’s a heroic determine standing up for privateness and authorities transparency. He is at the moment residing in Russia, which granted him political asylum after he was stranded in a Moscow airport when the US revoked his passport.