Friday, March 25, 2016

Chinese Cyber Spies Steal military information

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin-a Chinese national-pleaded guilty to conducting an extended hacking campaign against two American defense contractors over the course of several years. He pled guilty this week to conspiracy and stealing military aircraft secrets and passed them on to China. 

Su Bin, 50, a businessman based in China, helped hack the networks of two aerospace companies and stole technical data on the Boeing C-17 strategic transport aircraft. The data included information on the airframes on board computers. He also was collecting computer files of the Lockheed F-35, F-22 stealth fighters and unnamed military drones. Su and his co-conspirators in China sought to sell the stolen U.S. technology to state-owned companies within China.  Su worked with two unnamed Chinese hackers who performed the clandestine computer and network reconnaissance and intrusion operation. The hackers prepared a shopping list for Su to instruct them as to which files to download.

This information may have comprised the basis of China’s stealth military aircraft program and may explain why their stealth fighters look so much like American designs. The weakness of the Chinese stealth fighters are their engines. China has yet to develop the capability to build its own high performance Jet engines. Xian Aircraft Industrial Corp is building a copy of the C-17 the Y-20 but was “too stingy” to buy the data from Su Bin. Most likely they employed their own hackers at a lower price.

Because the theft consisted of proprietary information from private companies for personal gain, it wasn’t considered espionage. Obama’s Justice Department did not wish to upset the “Dear Leader’s” favorite debtor. Therefore the case was handled as one of economic espionage. In the resulting plea deal, Su will face a maximum of five years in prison and fines of $250,000, little more than a slap on the wrist for someone who stole information that may well result in American deaths.

Once again our Patriot in Chief has displayed his enormous concern for the safety of the America people.

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