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Hackers Access Israeli Missile Defense Contractor Computers

According to an article recently published on the SC magazine website, investigators have determined that computer systems owned by "_three Israeli defense contractors_" were "_comprised_" by a Chinese hacker group between October 10th, 2011 and August 13th, 2012. The report indicates that Cyber Engineering Services (CES), an American threat intelligence firm, determined that the hackers invaded intending to "_steal hundreds on confidential documents on Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system._."

According to the SC Magazine report, CES tapped into a "_secret communication infrastructure set-up by hackers_" which revealed that the elite cyber operations group called "_Comment Crew_" (also known as "PLA Unit 61398) were responsible for this cyber attack. Breaking the news about the incident, CES reported their findings to investigative journalist Brian Krebs who wrote about the events on his website KrebsOnSecurity.com.

The article states that Krebs reported the group stealing "_huge quantities of sensitive material_" which was directly related to the "Arrow III missile interceptor" which reportedly "_forms part of Israel's US$ 1 billion (£590 million) Israel Dome Missile system._" The investigations note that "_most of the 700 (762 MB in size) files_" – which were primarily "_Word documents, PowerPoint messages, PDFs, emails and spread sheets_" contained "_intellectual property_, "according to the article. The article notes that these reports have some speculating that China may be planning "_to develop a missile defense system of its own._."

Read more about this breach in the full article at SC Magazine and learn what the next steps Israel and other affected nations will take to address similar situations that may occur in the future.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  July 30, 2014

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