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Chinese executive accused of hacking U.S. defense contractors

Chinese executive accused of hacking U.S. defense contractors
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A Chinese citizen living in Canada, Su Bin, has been charged with digital espionage by the U.S. Justice Department.

Along with two co-conspirators, Su stands of accused of the sale of stolen information from Boeing, an American military contractor. I've already taken a look at the five Chinese military officials accused of hacking similar targets.

Su is unique in that he's the first Chinese hacker who seems to have been stealing corporate secrets from American companies for profit. He appears to have been the go-between for hackers and the Chinese government.

For instance, Mr. Su apparently wasn't interested in the "C-17 Demilitarization Plan" draft but wanted the "C-17 Hangar Requirements," according to the complaint.

Selling the allegedly stolen plans to Chinese businesses was sometimes challenging, according to the complaint. After repeated emails from one of the hackers, Mr. Su responded, "I understand that it's very urgent for you. It's not easy to sell the information."

Canada complied with America's request that Su be arrested on June 28. Su could be the first in many private cybercrime contractors working against American corporations.

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