A Chinese businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with hackers against US defense contractors and steal sensitive military data. The criminal charges were already filed against the 50 year old Su Bin back in 2014 and his arrest was made in Canada in July despite being a Chinese citizen. After pleading guilty, he now faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
According to the US court filings, Su began working with two unmentioned Hackers as far back as 2008 to target companies including the Boeing. In 2010, he had emailed a document to an unnamed person in China which all contain data about the C-17 military transport plane. Su’s and his co supplied him with a list of potential hacking targets with Su being able to attempt the sales of Chinese state owners aerospace companies.
“Stealing from the United States and our companies has a significant cost”
“Su Bin admitted to playing an important role in a conspiracy, originating in China, to illegally access sensitive military data,”
“This plea sends a strong message that stealing from the United States and our companies has a significant cost; we can and will find these criminals and bring them to justice.” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin in a press statement.
The DOJ didn’t say maybe Chinese government is involved in buying data from the businessman Su but reported gat he had engaged in such act solely for his own financial gains.
At the time of his arrest, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry said: “Chinese government organizations and the military oppose and have never participated in any form of internet hacking activity.” Su’s lawyer told Reuters that the 50-year-old wanted to resolve the matter and “move on with his life.”