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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:58

Iron Dome hacked by Chinese

Written by Nick Farrell

Holy shield!

The Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield which has been doing a sterling job failing to hit Hamas home-made rockets, has now been hacked by the Chinese. To be fair Iron Dome was never designed to hit a target as small as the glorified mortars that Hamas uses, but nevertheless the Israeli press has been quick to claim successes for Iron Shied that it never had.

Now it seems that a Chinese hacking team who hacked US defence contractors has nicked details of Israel's Iron Dome missile protection system. Comment Crew hacking group has broken into the corporate networks of top Israeli defence technology companies linked to the Iron Dome, including Elisra, Israel Aerospace Industries, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The hack took place between 10 October 2011 and 13 August 2012, so the Chinese military would have worked out a way of getting through Iron Shield years ago, if any of its allies wanted to lob a real missile Israel’s way.

Details of the hack were revealed by Krebs on Security and contained within a CyberESI report which the company said it was not yet prepared to release publicly. Of the three victim organisations only Israel Aerospace Industries confirmed the breach, downplaying the attacks as "old news".

Data nicked included intellectual property on the Iron Dome Arrow 3 rockets built by Israel, the US, IAI and Boeing, and included a 900 page document of detailed schematics and specifications, along with information on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and ballistic rockets. Some 700 files were pillaged from IAI amounting to 763Mbs including Word documents and spreadsheets, PDFs, emails, and executable binaries, Krebs reported.

Nick Farrell

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