Chinese businessman indicted for computer hacking

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Updated: 8/15/2014 6:59 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal data on military projects, including fighter jets.

City News Service says Su Bin was indicted Thursday for conspiracy and unauthorized computer access. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The indictment replaces earlier federal charges against him.

Prosecutors contend that Su — working with two other Chinese — hacked the computers of defense contractors, including Boeing, and stole trade secrets on projects including the C-17 military transport and the F-22 and F-35 fighter jets. They allegedly tried to sell the information to state-owned Chinese companies.

Su is being held in Canada, where he was arrested in June. It's not clear whether he has an attorney.

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