Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Chinese Professors Among Six Defendants Charged with Economic Espionage and Theft of Trade Secrets for Benefit of People’s Republic of China

The 32-count indictment, which had previously been sealed, charges a total
of six individuals with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for
their roles in a long-running effort to obtain U.S. trade secrets for the
benefit of universities and companies controlled by the PRC government.

"According to the charges in the indictment, the defendants leveraged their
access to and knowledge of sensitive U.S. technologies to illegally obtain
and share U.S. trade secrets with the PRC for economic advantage," said
Assistant Attorney General Carlin. "Economic espionage imposes great costs
on American businesses, weakens the global marketplace and ultimately harms
U.S. interests worldwide. The National Security Division will continue to
relentlessly identify, pursue and prosecute offenders wherever the evidence
leads. I would like to thank all the agents, analysts and prosecutors who
are responsible for this indictment."

"As today's case demonstrates, sensitive technology developed by U.S.
companies in Silicon Valley and throughout California continues to be
vulnerable to coordinated and complex efforts sponsored by foreign
governments to steal that technology," said U.S. Attorney Haag. "Combating
economic espionage and trade secret theft remains one of the top priorities
of this Office."

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