March 30, 2012:
British aircraft manufacturer BAE confirmed that, three years ago, Chinese hackers gained access to classified BAE aircraft design files. This included data on the American F-35 fighter, which BAE is helping to develop and build. BAE was working on the F-35 fuselage, portions of the wings and tail, the fuel system, crew escape system, life support, and integration of British components for the British F-35s. All or much of the date on these items was apparently taken by the Chinese hackers.