LOS ANGELES - A Chinese businessman who pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to hack into the computer networks of Boeing and other major US defense contractors was sentenced on Wednesday to nearly four years in prison, prosecutors said.
Su Bin, 51, was charged with taking part in a years-long scheme by Chinese military officers to obtain sensitive military information. In addition to the 46-month prison term, a judge in US District Court in Los Angeles also ordered Su to pay a $10,000 fine.
"Su Bin's sentence is a just punishment for his admitted role in a conspiracy with hackers from the People's Liberation Army Air Force to illegally access and steal sensitive US military information," John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a statement.
"Su assisted the Chinese military hackers in their efforts to illegally access and steal designs for cutting-edge military aircraft that are indispensable to our national defense," the statement said.