Date
18 December 2017
Only non-classified data about the F-35 fighter jet was stolen, the Pentagon says. Photo: Bloomberg
Only non-classified data about the F-35 fighter jet was stolen, the Pentagon says. Photo: Bloomberg

Pentagon: Classified data on F-35 fighter remains secure

The Pentagon said classified data about the US$399 billion F-35 stealth fighter program remains secure.

It was responding to documents released last week by National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden that said Chinese hackers stole “many terabytes” of data about the plane, Reuters reported.

The US Defense Department’s F-35 program office said Tuesday the latest documents, published by the German magazine Der Spiegel, “rehashed” a previously disclosed and reported 2010 incident.

It said only non-classified data about the new warplane being built by Lockheed Martin Corp. were compromised.

“Classified F-35 information is protected and remains secure,” the program office said. 

China dismissed Monday the allegations it had stolen F-35 plans, radar designs and engine schematics.

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