Lead Jiangdao-class Vessel Launched Days After Cyberattack Controversy
By Harold Hutchison
The ChiComs launched their first stealth frigate, the Type 56 Jiangdao-class, as it continues its naval modernization. The ship, which displaces 1,440 tons, is just part of the country’s naval buildup, which includes the Liaoning, a Kuznetsov-class carrier.
The launch comes days after the ChiComs disputed a report by an American internet security firm that tied a number of cyber attacks on American businesses to the ChiComs. “APT1 is believed to be the 2nd Bureau of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff Department’s (GSD) 3rd Department, which is most commonly known by its Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) as Unit 61398,” a highlight from Mandiant’s report, available on its website, said.
The report tied Unit 61398 to almost 150 attacks since 2006. Among the attacks suspected of being carried out by the ChiComs are some targeting technology used in the F-35 Lightning II, a fighter slated to become the backbone of American land-based and carrier-based tactical aviation.
"We know hackers steal people's identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy," Barack Obama said during his state of the union address.