Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Solar Company Seeks Stiff U.S. Tariffs To Deter Chinese Spying (NYT, 9/1/14)

In the daunting battle against corporate online espionage worldwide, one
major solar company wants to deploy a powerful and novel weapon: higher
tariffs. SolarWorld Americas, the largest manufacturer of solar panels in
the United States, has asked the Commerce Department to investigate claims
that Chinese military personnel broke into the company's computers and stole
documents important to its business and its long-running trade dispute with
The company's request followed the Justice Department's decision to
prosecute five members of the People's Liberation Army, accusing them in May
of stealing online files from a group of American companies, most of which
had engaged in trade disputes with China. SolarWorld says the new
prosecution underscores the sophisticated ways that Chinese companies are
retaliating against trade obstacles, especially the use of cyber warfare.

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