COMAC New Jet Built with Stolen Tech

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Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) is an aircraft firm in China that built the new C919 jetliner. The C919 is believed to have been manufactured using stolen technology from China’s allies. The Chinese government, in affiliation with Turbine Panda, a hacking group are said to be responsible for the colossal hacking. Crowdstrike, an InfoSec security firm released a report that carries out the details of the theft. The report says it’s hard to attest the one in control of the cyber-attack. However, the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) two year’s prosecutions have been linked to China’s intellect apparatus. This is in combination with the intelligence of Crowdstrike’s personal research.

China’s Ministry of State Security collaborated with a number of cyber actors and its employees to pinch pieces of tech from its allies. The pieces were used in the manufacture and design of the C919 jetliner. MSS Jiansu Bureau is responsible for these operations and are thought to be responsible for the 2015 Office of Personal Management breaching. About a decade ago, China was known to one day be an enormous market for air travel. Knowing that the intensifying per-capita GPD would trigger domestic interest in flying resulted to the building of the C919 jetliner. This is an attempt to beat competition from Airbus and Boeing.

COMAC, in 2009 announced its partnership with CFM International to manufacture the LEAP-1C engine for the C919. It also joined forces with another state-owned Chinese business and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in the native design. COMAC and AVIC launched the AECC (Aero Engine Corporation of China) in 2016 to produce of the CJ-1000AX. The engine has been suspected to be a LEAP-X engine copy as they share many similarities.

The DoJ issued indictments against Chinese Developers, intelligence officers among other employees in China US-based firms. The report details the relationship between the several individuals involved and the intelligence they conducted. Zheng Xiaoqing was recruited as an inside mole by Xu Yanjun with instructions on which tech to take from GE. Beijing has been tapping intellectual chattels from foreign firms in exchange for providing joint ventures and access to its profitable markets. After the forced tech transfer, native rivals force them out as they grow viable with state grants and funding. Despite the foreseen mutually beneficial trade between the two countries, China seems to be engrossed on stealing the info it wants to bridge the gap with US firms.

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