A CHAP WHO USED used to work for IBM, but took too much of his work home in a bad way, has been charged with espionage for stealing code and trying to sell it to the Chinese government.
Whoa! Pinching intellectual property from an established and venerable business, and trying to sell it to the infamously hack- and espionage-happy Chinese government? This guy's in trouble.
Xu Jiaqiang is the chap, and Preet Bharara, US attorney for the southern district of New York, as we might expect in these days of cross-Pacific ocean mud flinging, has nothing positive to say about it at all.
"As alleged, Xu Jiaqiang is charged with stealing valuable, proprietary software from his former employer, an American company, that he intended to share with an agency within the Chinese government," said Bharara.
"Economic espionage not only harms victim companies that have years or even decades of work stolen, it crushes the spirit of innovation and fair play in the global economy.
"Economic espionage is a serious federal crime, for which my office, the Department of Justice's National Security Division, and the FBI will show no tolerance."
Xu faces the judge again on 16 June, the BBC reports, and we'd advise him to take at least an overnight bag. A Reuters report said that he worked at IBM for four years before leaving and having meetings with potential buyers about selling proprietary source code. Or so he thought. They were, in fact, undercover officers.
"Xu allegedly stole proprietary information from his former employer for his own profit and the benefit of the Chinese government. Those who steal America's trade secrets for the benefit of foreign nations pose a threat to our economic and national security interests," said assistant attorney general John Carlin.
"The National Security Division will continue to work tirelessly to identify, pursue and prosecute any individual who attempts to harm American businesses by robbing them of their valuable intellectual property." µ
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