Espionage’ would cover illicit activities like theft of trade secrets, bribery,blackmail & technological surveillance. And with developments that followedin the recent years, even attempts to sabotage a corporation may be con-sidered corporate espionage. Although from the looks of the definition thedistinction is crystal clear, in practice it is quite difficult to sometimes tell thedifference between legal & illegal methods.
The increasing number of real life instances of corporate treachery em-boldens the importance of the issue at hand. Here are just a few of the moreprominent instances of real-life corporate espionage:
In 1999, one of the most famous cases of corporate treachery, a Taiwanese company head was arrested as he was convicted to have paidan
(U.S. Label manufacturer) employee $160,000 forthe secret formulas for the company’s pressure-sensitive adhesive.
General Motors sued Volkswagen
, charging that GM’s formerhead of production had stolen trade secrets & turned them over to Volk-swagen.
In 2000, Oracle Corporation head Larry Ellison had hired an investigationfirm to dig out embarrassing secrets about Bill Gates headed Microsoft.
In 2001, FBI arrested two employees from
for con-spiring to steal lucent trade secrets & sell them to the Chinese govern-ment.
In 2003, Italian auto manufacturer
with stealingthe design for its Formula One racing car.In order to have a detailed understanding of issue at hand, we would bestudying the
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