Monday, July 19, 2010

F35 Espionage...

And then there's this report.

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project -- the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever -- according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.

Similar incidents have also breached the Air Force's air-traffic-control system in recent months, these people say. In the case of the fighter-jet program, the intruders were able to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to design and electronics systems, officials say, potentially making it easier to defend against the craft.

Given the dollar and international investment in the project, there's objectively a great deal of incentive for the interested parties to minimise the value of the nicked data to keep the project alive. However, it is something to consider that an adversary or adversaries might now have access to critical information on the aircraft that allows them to develop effective counter-measures.

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