Chinese Hackers help China build J-20 Stealth Fighter with US Tech

China's J-20 Dragon

The Chinese latest J-20 Stealth Fighter comes sporting some of the latest cutting edge technology advances – which were stolen from the US during a cyber espionage campaign.

According to defense officials, starting in 2007 Chinese hackers were involved in a massive, multi-year cyber espionage program dubbed, “Operation Byzantine Hades”, that targeted foreign governments and industry.

At the expense of American companies, Chinese hackers have done wonders for China’s technical capabilities, especially their military research and development. By infiltrating American military subcontractors, and stealing top secret documents, Chinese hackers were able to save millions of dollars and cut decades off of R&D time.

According to an article in the Chinese Global Times,  the following techs used in the J-20 were “obtained” from the F-35:

  • Diverterless supersonic inlet
  • Electro-optical distributed aperture system
  • Electro-optical targeting system
  • AVEN nozzle
  • Fire-control array radar system

Earlier this year the Pentagon also revealed that the designs for the new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile systems and the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile defenses had also been compromised.

Some aviation technologist are saying that with the tech upgrades that were stolen from the US, the J-20 might be a better match for our F-22 (which it suspiciously looks like) instead of the F-35. And with their massive production capability, this could really cause a shift in their air power capabilities.

Many reports have surfaced about various problems with the F-35. From cracked bulkheads, to issues with the plane’s Autonomic Logistics Information System. Some experts have even called out the F-35 saying it is a waste of money, unsafe and incapable of performing as billed.

One of the outspoken critics of the F-35 is Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16 and the A-10. Of the F-35 he said, “It’s as if Detroit suddenly put out a car with lighter fluid in the radiator and gasoline in the hydraulic brake lines,” he told me. “That’s how unsafe this plane is. Plopping down a fighter this full of bugs and this untested in the middle of a populated area is just nuts.

This YouTube video by Sprey is also enlightening:

We can’t go back in time and undo what was done, or recover the secrets stolen by the Chinese. All we can hope with the J-20 at this point is that China also copied the F-35’s problems.

 

 

 

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Snowden Granted One Year Asylum in Russia

Snowden has left the Russia airport and been granted a one year Asylum to live and work in Russia.

The latest news from RT.com, stated that the embroiled former CIA employee and NSA hacker has received papers from the Russian Immigration Service granting him permission to leave the airport and live and work in Russia:

“In July, Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia, a status that would allow him to live and work in the country for one year. Kucherena earlier said the fugitive whistleblower is considering securing permanent residency in Russia, where he will attempt to build a life.”

According to the news agency he has been relocated to a safe undisclosed location.

So, Russia it is apparently. Though many see him as a hero for blowing the whistle on the government spying program, with this latest news, can we safely assume now that he will be updated to traitor status?

Hacker Team takes over $80 Million Super Yacht

Cruise Ship Underway

Flaws in the GPS system have been known for a while now, but when a security team took over a 210 foot super yacht by spoofing a GPS signal, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

Using about $3,000 worth of equipment GPS expert Todd Humphreys and his security team from the University of Texas were able to take over the navigation system of a large ship in the Mediterranean.

“We injected our spoofing signals into its GPS antennas and we’re basically able to control its navigation system with our spoofing signals,” Humphreys told Fox News.

After spoofing the GPS guidance signal, Humphreys’ team took the ship through a series of turns, and navigational changes that if done by a real attacker, could have put the ship at great risk.

The ship Captain, Andrew Schofield and his crew could not detect anything amiss.

“Professor Humphreys and his team did a number of attacks and basically we on the bridge were absolutely unaware of any difference,” Schofield said. “I was gobsmacked — but my entire deck team was similarly gobsmacked”

This is very concerning as planes could also be attacked with similar techniques. A few months ago we talked about how plane controls could be attacked with SIMON and PlaneSploit.

GPS navigational navigational security need to be addressed and secured so this doesn’t happen in real life.

For more information see the original FoxNews article.

US Military Robotics take some Big Strides this Week

I love military hardware and history. Some big news came out this week on advancements in robotics and drone warfare.  This week an aerial drone successfully landed on an aircraft carrier for the first time and and America’s most advanced human looking robot was revealed.

Drone and robot use has increased dramatically and will be a major force in our military in as soon as the next few years.

Here is a look at the latest tech:

“The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.”

And meet Atlas, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built, created by Boston Dynamics:

Amazing!

Stick some armor plate on that guy and give him a couple Squad Automatic Weapons or some AA-12 automatic shotguns and he would look pretty ferocious!