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U.S. officials said there is evidence linking hackers in China to recent cyber-attacks on Japan’s main defense contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Mitsubishi stated Sept. 19 that 83 company computers at 11 places were infected with a computer virus.

U.S. officials said military data was likely stolen during the attacks, which involved servers connected to 14 computers in China, Hong Kong, the United States and India.

Also hit in the attacks were two other major defense contractors, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and IHI.

The companies are involved in electronic-warfare systems for Japan’s F-15 fighters, building Patriot anti-missile interceptors, as well as a new Japanese missile interceptor, military helicopters and destroyers.

Reports from Japan revealed that Chinese characters used in mainland China appeared on the hacker’s screen after analysis of a virus that infected Mitsubishi’s computers.

Additionally, separate denial-of-service computer attacks were launched on Sept. 18 against Japanese government sites, coinciding with calls by China hackers for electronic attacks coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the Manchurian incident used by Japan’s military to take control of Manchuria in 1931.

LEHMAN’S NEW MISSION

The Washington Times reported earlier this month on a scathing anti-political correctness article written by former Navy Secretary John Lehman. He wrote in the military journal Proceedings that naval aviation has been so consumed by PC - harassment complaints, the integration of women and now gays, zero-tolerance for mistakes - that it has lost its swagger.

Mr. Lehman, a career naval Reserve aviator, tells reporter Rowan Scarborough he has received no response from the Navy leadership.

“I have had no official reaction from the Navy or anyone else, but as you might imagine, a cascade of positive unofficial reaction from the active ranks, and including all the services,” Mr. Lehman said in an email.

“While the aviators are the most vulnerable because of the swagger factor, the disease is afflicting all the services in many ways, [for example] the Fort Hood affair, which is but a different facet of the same phenomenon.”

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter, left plenty of clues he had turned to radical Islam. But superiors ignored the signs in what some say was excessive concern with sensitivity and diversity.