China Hacked Blueprints for U.S. Fighter Jets?
Chinese hackers stole the blueprints for America's new Joint Strike Fighter
planes, the F-35 and F-22 — an example of cyberattacks that can "devastate our
nation," a leading congressman disclosed.
"I think it's important that the American people have a better idea of what
is at risk," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland
Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, said at a
subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.
"When I look at the theft of intellectual property to the tune of $1
trillion, that's a serious economic issue for the United States.
"When I look at countries like China, who have stolen our Joint Strike
Fighters, F-35 and F-22s, stolen those blueprints so they can manufacture those
planes and then guard against those planes.
"Make no mistake, America is under attack by digital bombs. There are several
things the American public should understand about these attacks. They are real,
stealthy and persistent and can devastate our nation.
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