Report: Hackers steal data on Pentagon’s newest fighter jet


Spies hacked into U.S. military computers, copying massive amounts of data that could threaten the effectiveness of U.S. fighter jets, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

In recent months, the newspaper said, internet intruders were able gain access to data related to the design and electronics systems of Pentagon‘s $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project. Officials told the Journal it could make it easier for America’s enemies to defend against the F-35 Lightning I fighter jet.

Air Force’s air-traffic-control system also was breached in recent months, according to the newspaper.

“There’s never been anything like it,” one source told the Journal, adding that other military and civilian agencies as well as private companies are affected. “It’s everything that keeps this country going.”

Following the report, a top Pentagon official said he was not aware of any specific concern that the attacks compromised sensitive information or technology.

“I’m not aware of any specific concerns,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told Reuters. Whitman added he was speaking generally and not talking about specific incidents.

The maker of the Joint Strike Fighters, Lockheed Martin, has rejected suggestions the project has been compromised.

The company’s chief financial officer, Bruce Tanner, said: “We actually believe the Wall Street Journal was incorrect in its representation of successful cyber attacks on the F-35 program.”

“I’ve not heard of that, and to our knowledge there’s never been any classified information breach,” he added.