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Chinese Couple On Trial for Theft of GM Secrets

Prosecutors lay out case in industrial espionage trial.

by on Nov.06, 2012

A Chinese couple ison trial for allegedly stealing GM trade secrets concerning its hybrid program. A Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is shown here.

Federal prosecutors have begun laying out their case against a Chinese engineer working for General Motors who, along with her husband, stands accused of stealing trade secrets aimed at helping the maker’s competitors in the booming Asian nation catch up on the development of advanced hybrid vehicles.

Former GM engineer Shanshan Du and husband Yu Qin are on trial for allegedly offering Chinese carmakers, including Chery Automobile Co. trade secrets the U.S. government contends were worth $40 million.  It’s the latest in a series of federal efforts to crack down on Chinese spying and comes about a  year after a Ford engineer was also found guilty of spying on his employer for the Chinese.

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“Partners in life, partners in business and partners in crime,” proclaimed U.S. Prosecutor Michael Martin, as he began laying out the government’s case.  “The case,” he argued, “is about theft as well as deceit.”

The couple were indicted in July 2010 on three counts of trade theft and wire fraud, the U.S. Dept. of Justice also charging Win with obstruction of justice.  Both have pleaded not guilty.


Nissan Scrambles After Major Cyber-Attack

Claims customer data, vehicle program files safe.

by on Apr.20, 2012

What the hackers wanted is unclear but could have been intellectual property, such as data on the battery drivetrain in the Infiniti LE Concept, shown here with Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan Motor Co. is scrambling to recover from a major attack by so far-unknown hackers who found a hole into the maker’s global computer network.

Officials are still trying to get a complete sense of the damage and are facing the massive task of shoring up the system, an official told, but Nissan says it appears that neither its customer data nor vehicle program files were compromised in the well-planned attack.

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“We have detected an intrusion into our company’s global information systems network,” revealed Nissan Motor Co. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, who added that the Japanese maker’s “information security team confirmed the presence of a computer virus on our network and immediately took aggressive actions to protect the company’s systems and data.”