A Chinese businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack US defense contractors and steal sensitive military data, said the US Department of Justice in a statement. Criminal charges were originally filed against 50-year-old Su Bin in 2014, and the Chinese national was arrested in Canada that July. After pleading guilty, he now faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

According to US court filings, Su began working with two unnamed hackers in 2008 to target companies including Boeing. In 2010 he emailed a document to an unnamed individual in China containing data about the C-17 military transport plane. Su’s co-conspirators supplied him with a list of potential hacking targets, with Su then able to select files that he might be able to sell to Chinese state-owned aerospace companies.

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