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Chinese businessmen admitted hacking US defence firms 24 March, 2016

Chinese national, Canada residential Su Bin pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the hacking of trade secrets from US defence contractors, including plans for transport and fighter jets, officials said. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, was a China-based businessman in the aviation and aerospace fields. Su was initially arrested in Canada in July 2014 on a warrant based on a US request. He waived extradition and was sent to the United States in February 2016. US charged Su Bin, in a 2014 indictment with hacking into the computer networks of Boeing and other contractors, as part of a scheme to steal plans for the F-22 and F-35 fighter jets and C-17 transport aircraft. In a plea agreement filed in a California federal court, Su admitted to conspiring with two unnamed persons in China from October 2008 to March 2014 to gain unauthorized access to the computer networks of defence firms to obtain “sensitive military information and to export that information illegally from the United States to China,” the Justice Department said in a statement. According to prosecutors, Su would e-mail the co-conspirators pictures and other documents, with guidance regarding what persons, companies and technologies to target for hacking.

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