A fifty year old Chinese national, Su Bin, will face up to five years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine for involvement in a hacking plot to steal information about fighter jets bound for the US military.
Bin, who worked in the aviation and aerospace industry, worked with several people in China from October 2008 to March 2014 to break into Boeing’s Orange County systems and other networks.
The hacking team aimed to acquire sensitive military information about C-17 transport aircraft and several fighter jets that were intended for the US military.
Bin apparently guided his contacts to the relevant Boeing computer networks and pointed them towards files that contained the sensitive information. Once the data had been stolen, Bin would then translate the English content to Chinese for the intended audience.
The US Department of Justice has not yet said who it believes was the end-customer purchasing the confidential information from Bin, but it has been speculated that he considered selling it to the Chinese government.
Bin was arrested in Canada in July 2014, and has since pleaded guilty to the charges. He is set to be sentenced on July 13th, 2016.