Hacked U.S. Military Contractors, Senate Panel Says

SHAFAQNA – A Senate investigation released Wednesday found that hackers linked to the Chinese government broke into U.S. military transportation companies’ computer networks 20 times in a year. But the Senate Armed Services Committee says officials of the U.S. Transportation Command, responsible for moving troops across the globe in times of crisis, were told about just two of those incidents. If a system was compromised, they may not have known, the panel said. The committee’s study covered June 2012 through June 2013. “The security of our military operations are what is at stake,” Sen. Carl Levin, the panel’s chairman said at a news conference. “What we found is very disturbing.”

The Chinese embassy didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. In the past, China has denied such allegations and said that U.S. spies infiltrate its computer networks as well. Senate aides said the determination the cyberattacks came from China was made by the executive branch, which would cover the Defense Department and its National Security Agency, though they didn’t cite specific evidence.

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