Even an aircraft carrier is not exempt for cyber attacks. In this case, it appears that a China hacking group attempted to use the Enfal malware via email to compromise their system. The attack was not successful as the Navy knows how to protect itself from many kinds of attacks. There have been many cyber attacks emanating from China around the South China Sea issues.
As Written and Reported By Ryan Pickrell for Daily Caller:
Chinese cyber criminals reportedly attempted to hack a U.S. aircraft carrier in the South China Sea a day before a tribunal discredited its claims to the area, according to the Financial Times.
The hackers sent an infected document resembling an official message to foreign government officials visiting the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The message contained Enfal malware designed to break through security systems and possibly collect information on maneuvers and policies. This type of malware can also download additional viruses.
The attack occurred July 11, one day before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled against China’s vast claims to the South China Sea. At the time, the USS Ronald Reagan was conducting security patrols in the South China Sea.
The U.S. Navy said that the hackers were unsuccessful. The USS Ronald Reagan’s classified information was not compromised by the….
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