Chinese hackers have stolen data from Israel’s Iron Dome
A state-sponsored Chinese hacking group has been accused of stealing data from Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. According to security firm Cyber Engineering Services (CES), the hacking occurred between October 10, 2011 and August 13, 2012.
The hacking group, called Comment Crew, was thought o be responsible for cyber-attacks on three defense technology companies in Israel: Elisra Group, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Rads), all of whom were involved with the country’s Iron Dome project.
The Iron Dome is essential to protecting Israel’s cities from rocket attacks. The anti-missile defense system, which was partially funded by the United States government, fires missiles to intercept artillery shells and rockets that are fired from between 2.5 and 43 miles away at the country’s populated areas.
Cyber-attacks against Israel have intensified during its conflict with Palestine. Such attacks include the defacing of Israel Railways and hospital websites, as well as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks which have been slowing Israel’s internet connections.
CES said that intellectual property made up the vast majority of the data that was stolen by the Chinese hackers. The 700 files that CES discovered are likely only a small portion fo the data that was stolen from the three Israeli defense companies.
Detailed schematics and specifications for the United States-designed Arrow 3 missile were among the documents stolen. The Arrow 3 missile is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and is a key component of the Iron Dome, as well as that of drones and other rockets.
“Most of the technology in the Arrow 3 wasn’t designed by Israel, but by Boeing and other US defence contractors,” Joseph Drissel, founder and chief executive of US-based CES, told Krebs. “We transferred this technology to them, and they coughed it all up. In the process, they essentially gave up a bunch of stuff that’s probably being used in our systems as well.”
Read more about the story at The Guardian.