U.S. law enforcement officials on Saturday claimed they charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the IT (information technology) systems of defense contractors such as Boeing, according to news sources in the U.S. and United Kingdom.
Chinese businessman Mr. Su Bin -- a/k/a Stephen Su and Stephen Subin -- was arrested in Canada last month over accusations that he was working, with two other suspects, to steal data about U.S. military projects and then sell it to the Chinese government or a corporation in China.
U.S. federal prosecutors claim that Su was illegally obtaining classified information about the latest designs of U.S. fighter jets and other aircraft, as well as weapons systems.
An Examiner news story in 2011, reported on U.S. lawmakers investigating allegations that Chinese-owned telecommunications companies operating in the United States have been -- and continue to be -- involved in corporate espionage.
While Su is a Chinese citizen, there no evidence that the Chinese government was ever involved in Mr Su's spying activities, but U.S. and U.K. have accused China of conducting covert operations to steal American high-tech data for its national gain.
A U.S. federal grand jury recently handed down an indictment for five Chinese military officers for hacking into U.S. businesses -- charges dismissed as a fabrication, but they offered nothing that even remotely refutes the charges.
Mr. Su reportedly runs a Chinese aviation technology company with an office in Canada. He was detained by Canadian law enforcement on June 28 when he was trying to obtain Canadian citizenship, U.S.law enforcement officials said.