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Thursday, July 11, 2019

UCLA professor guilty of conspiring to steal missile secrets for China

A jury found an electrical engineer and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) professor guilty of exporting stolen U.S. military technology to China.

UCLA adjunct professor Yi-Chi Shih was convicted June 26 on 18 federal charges, Newsweek reported, and could now lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, while also facing up to 219 years behind bars for numerous violations of the law. These include conspiracy to break the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), committing mail and wire fraud, lying to a government agency, subscribing to a false tax return, and conspiring to gain unauthorized access to information on a protected computer, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Shih and co-defendant Kiet Ahn Mai tried to hack a protected computer owned by a U.S. company that manufactured semiconductor chips called monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). MMICs are used by the Air Force and Navy in fighter jets, missiles and missile guidance technology, and electronic military defense systems.



Anonymous said...

Nancy Palosi and this teacher are good friends.

Anonymous said...

REALLY?? This is a surprise??? How do you think the world gets our secrets?? From hiring foreigners to teach our kids. What our their credentials?? University of China?? Africa?? Columbia?? Mexico?? IRAN?? Ethiopia?? India??

Anonymous said...

The Death penalty is the proper solution.

Anonymous said...

Northwest Woodsman: Many Year’s ago, I was a federal Special Agent investigating issues in the aerospace industry in CA. All of the major companies were hiring Chinese nationals who had been educated in the U.S. and placed them in positions that could effect national security. That was in the 70s and the practice continues to this day. I always said even back then that the Chinese were not our friends and they should not be trusted. I have found that most of these foreign nationals and naturalized U.S. citizens have no loyalties to the U.S and willingly provide classified information to their country of birth. The only exception was that a escapees from the communist block countries who had lived under soviet domination.

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