Chinese hackers targeting AMERICAN Marine contractors with multiple violations: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in this illustration picture February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Image/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese hackers have breached US Navy contractors to steal a raft of information, including the missile plan, by means of what some officials describe as one of the most debilitating cyber campaigns linked to Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Victims have included contractors of all types and sizes, with a number of smaller worthwhile to invest in securing their networks, such as hackers in the last 18 months have carried out numerous infringements, to gather intelligence, sabotage U.s. systems, and the stealing of intellectual property, the Journal reported.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

The Magazine report is based on information from experts and officials, who said that the Navy Secretary Richard Spencer had ordered a review of cybersecurity shortcomings that led to an initial assessment to validate concerns and lay the groundwork for a response from the Navy. The officials in the Navy called the violations is disturbing and unacceptable, the Magazine reported.

National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said on Tuesday that in general, the Chinese cyber activity in the United States has increased in the past few months. The digital attacks have been directed against the AMERICAN energy, financial, transportation and healthcare sectors, and gone beyond the efforts to spy and steal intellectual property in the disruption of the critical infrastructure.

Chinese officials do not respond immediately to a request for comment, but have denied they engage in cyber attacks, according to the Magazine.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Phil Berlowitz

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