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US: A Chinese intelligence agent has been convicted of financial espionage

A Chinese intelligence agent has been convicted of financial espionage by a federal court in the United States on charges of attempting to steal technology from US and French aerospace companies, the US Department of Justice has said.

Su Jianzun, a State Security official in Jiangsu Province, was found guilty by a Cincinnati court of conspiracy and attempted financial espionage, as well as three counts of theft of trade secrets.

Each of the two categories of financial espionage carries a sentence of up to 15 years, while each of the other three is punishable by 10 years in prison.

U.S. authorities have accused Suu Kyi of seeking to gather information on behalf of China for a number of airlines, including US General Electric Aviation and France-based Safran, which has partnered with GE to develop an engine.

The Chinese State Security Ministry agent’s plan was to locate specialists working for these companies and lure them to China under the guise of university conferences, paying for their travel expenses.

Su was arrested in 2018 in Belgium, when he probably traveled there as part of a counterintelligence operation, thinking that he would meet a GE employee.

It was published the same year in the USA.

The Pentagon then named 10 other suspects, including two lower-ranking officials working under Sue’s supervision, as well as six hackers who worked with them and two men who worked for Safran.

None of the other 10 defendants was arrested.

The Justice Department indictments contained a detailed description of operations that combined the use of computer viruses and phishing to infiltrate target computers and extract data related to engines and parts.

The ministry also said that a Beijing-controlled aerospace company had tried to develop an engine similar to GE’s for use in a Chinese-designed aircraft.

Beijing has denied the allegations. “Aerologies”, answered a word of a representative of Chinese diplomacy in 2018.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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Source From: Capital

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