A map of China as seen through a magnifying glass on a computer scree, January 2, 2014. The U.S. has sentenced a Chinese hacker to 46 months in prison for stealing military information.
A businessman who admitted helping Chinese military officers as they hacked into the computer systems of U.S. defense contractors and stole significant information was sentenced Wednesday to three years and 10 months in prison, authorities said.
Su Bin, 51, a Chinese national who also went by Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiring to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer and to violating the Arms Export Control Act. He had been accused of participating in a years-long plot to steal military technical data — including details related to Boeing’s C-17 military transport plane and other fighter jets produced for the U.S. military — for the Chinese government.
Su’s plea marked a first for someone involved with a Chinese government campaign of economic cyberespionage. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said his sentence was “just punishment” for his crimes.
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WNU Editor: Sentenced for only 4 years !?!?!?! This spy has admitted to conspiring with Chinese-based hackers to target and steal top secret U.S. military projects that included the F-22 and F-35 fighter jet programs. In the past someone like him would be facing 30 years .... and deservedly so.
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