Chinese businessman gets nearly 4 years in prison for US hacking case

Updating a case originally reported in March.

Steven Musil reports:

A Chinese businessman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for conspiring to hack the computer systems of Boeing and other US defense contractors to steal military technical data.

Su Bin, a Chinese national and the owner of a Chinese aviation technology company, was sentenced Wednesday in US District Court in Los Angeles to 46 months in prison. Bin, 51, had faced up to 30 years in prison before pleading guilty in March to a federal charge of conspiracy to unlawfully access computers in the United States. The sentence comes amid heightened tensions between the two nations over computer espionage.

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