A Chinese businessman pleaded guilty for plotting to hack into the computer network of US defense contractors including Boeing Co., the US Department of Justice said.
Su Bin, a 50-year-old Chinese national, faces a maximum five-year sentence for allegedly conspiring to obtain secret military information and illegally exporting it.
Mr. Su helped on picking which company employees his co-conspirators will target, which individual folders to steal from a firm like Boeing’s computer systems and translated documents from English to Chinese.
Todd Blecher, Spokesman of Boeing said, the company “fully cooperated with the authorities throughout this process and we welcome this development.”
Mr. Su began targeting US companies in 2008, according to US government court filings. In 2010, he shared a file containing classified information about the Boeing’s C-17 military transport aircraft to an unknown individual in China.
Arrested in Canada in 2014, Mr. Su’s Sentencing is scheduled for July 13 before a Los Angeles federal judge.