A citizen of the People’s Republic of China was sentenced to 46 months in prison for conspiring to pass United States defense information to Chinese military officials, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Su Bin, 51, was in the United States legally when he helped China access the information from October 2008 to March 2014. Su, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, was a China-based aerospace and aviation businessman.

Boeing Corporation computers hacked.

Some of the defense information was leaked as the result of a Chinese hack of secured computers owned by the Boeing Corporation.

Chinese military officials sought technical details about several fighter jets and the C-17 strategic aircraft manufactured by Boeing for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army contacted.

According to the Justice Department, Su sent e-mails to Chinese co-conspirators offering tips relating to what persons, companies and technologies the military officials should target during their computer hacks. When the computers were hacked, China sent Su directory file listings and folders that had been accessed. Su then told the Chinese which files to steal for information Su and other conspirators also wrote reports that were sent to the Second Department, General Staff Headquarters, Chinese People’s Liberation Army about the information and technology they had acquired.

Su told investigators his motivation for participating in the conspiracy was to make money.

‘Sentence is just punishment’

“Su Bin’s sentence is a just punishment for his admitted role in a conspiracy with hackers from the People's Liberation Army Air Force to illegally access and steal sensitive U.S.

military information,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin. “Su assisted the Chinese military hackers in their efforts to illegally access and steal designs for cutting-edge military aircraft that are indispensable to our national defense. These activities have serious consequences for the national security of our country and the safety of the men and women of our armed services.

This prison sentence reinforces our commitment to ensure that hackers, regardless of state affiliation, are held accountable for their criminal conduct.”

FBI, Air Force investigated.

Su was arrested following an investigation by the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI received assistance for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

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