U.S. Accuses Chinese Businessman of Stealing Confidential Boeing Data
The Justice Department charged a Chinese citizen living in Canada with breaking into Boeing’s computer systems and stealing reams of data from U.S. defense contractors about proprietary American technology including military aircraft and weapons.
The charges against Su Bin, the owner of a Chinese aviation technology company, were announced Friday.
In court filings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Mr. Bin, who owned a Chinese aviation company called Lode Tech, spent years siphoning off data from Boeing, and that he worked with two unnamed individuals in China to sell the information there.
A spokesman for the department, Marc Raimondi, said Mr. Bin is being charged with unauthorized computer access an is alleged to have stolen data relating to military aircraft and weapons systems.
“We remain deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information, and we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber security and confront cybercrime,” Raimondi said.
Boeing said that it was cooperating with investigators and will continue to do so in order to hold accountable “individuals who perpetrate economic espionage or trade secret theft against U.S. companies.”
“We appreciate that the government brought its concerns about a potential compromise of our protected computer systems to our attention,” the company said in a statement.
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