A Chinese hacking team previously accused of being behind raids against US defence contractors has been accused of a new data heist: plundering the tech behind Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system.

Beijing’s infamous Comment Crew hacking group is thought to have executed the intrusions into the corporate networks of top Israeli defense technology companies linked to the Iron Dome, including Elisra Group, Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, between 10 October 2011 and 13 August 2012, according to Cyber Engineering Services (CyberESI).

The Iron Dome has stopped a barrage of rockets launched into Israel from Gaza and has been hailed the world’s most effective missile shield. US investment in Iron Dome could soon top US$1 billion over five years. […]