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That Bloomberg article claims Chinese hackers used a QinetiQ administrator's password to gain access to military top secrets. That Bloomberg article claims Chinese hackers used a QinetiQ administrator's password to gain access to military top secrets.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville defense contractor is criticizing a Bloomberg report that blames the firm as the reason for a possible security breach at Redstone Arsenal.

That Bloomberg article claims Chinese hackers used a QinetiQ administrator's password to gain access to military top secrets.

WAFF 48 News sent multiple emails and phone calls since the report surfaced earlier this week. QinetiQ didn't respond to any of our attempts. On Friday, WAFF 48 News decided to stop by their Huntsville office to find out why.

Management was more than happy to talk off camera.

Off camera, QinetiQ management admitted to being hacked but said they reported everything to the proper authorities. They also downplayed how deep the hack went but didn't go into specifics.

"People want those secrets," said cyber security expert Jon Levin. "This was apparently by the Chinese, and they're trying to get information everyday and all day. Huntsville is a very rich potential area for cyber espionage."

Levin said the attacks happen more than people acknowledge but don't always hit the headlines. He also said many contractors are now putting more of an emphasis on cyber warfare, but the battle is never ending.

"I'm certain that the Chinese are all over Huntsville trying to get information for all of these contractors," said Levin.

QinetiQ's media affairs team has still not responded to WAFF 48 News's request for an interview. 

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