How Chinese APT hackers stole Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter plane to develop its own J-20 stealth fighter aircraft [VIDEO]

According to a recent security report, Chinese government has decided to resort to hacking, cyberwarfare and corporate espionage tactics to boost its ambitious defense program, compromising the systems of firms like Lockheed Martin in order to access classified information useful for their own purposes.

Peter Suciu, a renowned researcher, says China is an actor that should be taken seriously, especially on military issues. This is not the first such report, as since 2019 the Pentagon had accused the Chinese military of resorting to what they defined as “cyber theft” and other methods to achieve great improvements in military terms.

It all went back to 2007, when the firm Lockheed Martin discovered that a Chinese hacking group had been stealing technical documents related to the F-35 program, while a similar theft occurred when cybercriminals working for Beijing managed to compromise a network of an Australian subcontractor to the F-35.

These reports lead experts to believe that the Chinese have acquired a wealth of crucial information and data for these programs, including the development of the Chinese J-20 fighter jet, also known as “Mighty Dragon.” Suciu himself claims that the creation of these aircraft would have been impossible without the information stolen from Lockheed Martin.

In connection with these reports, Business Insider published a report detailing the clear similarities in appearance and engineering between American aircraft and those created by the Chinese government. In addition, the report not only emphasizes the similarity of these aircraft, but also states that the sensor systems used by the Chinese government are virtually identical to the electro-optical guidance employed by Lockheed Martin in the Lightning II model, further evidence of espionage against the company.

To learn more about information security risks, malware variants, vulnerabilities and information technologies, feel free to access the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) websites.