Chinese Man Pleads Guilty for Stealing Secret Information from US Military Aviation
The Canadian Press released an article talking about how a Canadian Chinese man has pleaded guilty. Su Bin 50 years of age, pleaded to conspiring to hack the U.S. defense contractor’s computer information in order to steal data on military projects. U.S. defense contractors include but not limited to Boeing. Information about Su Bin pleaded was released by court records on Wednesday.
Bin is a permanent resident of Canada and a citizen of China. He is also a China-based businessman who specializes in the aerospace and aviation industry. He will be facing up to five years in federal prison when his sentence begins on July 13. In the beginning before reaching an agreement with prosecutors, he was facing up to thirty years.
Bin has being conspiring with two accomplices who together formed a team to conspire sending U.S. military data to China between the years of 2008 and 2014 according to the federal court in California. The U.S. Department of Justice said that the three had access to computer networks within the U.S. without authorization and stole not only military aircraft information, but also weapon systems information as well.
The three has access to flight test plans for one of the world’s most advanced multi role fighter aircraft, the F – 35. Bin would translate the documents he had acquired and translated them before sending them to China.
Su was arrested in the summer of 2014 in Richmond. He was then extradited to the U.S in February.
Su and his team specifically targeted fighter jets. These fighter jets include the F-22, F-35, and Boeing’s C-17 which is Boeing’s military cargo aircraft.
Although Su’s attorney, Robert Anello, declined to discuss information however he did mention that Su "hopeful to move on with his life."
Here’s what U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker has to say about Su’s case in terms of cybercrime. Su’s
"Guilty plea and conviction demonstrate that these criminals can be held accountable no matter where they are located in the world and that we are deeply committed to protecting our sensitive data in order to keep our nation safe."