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Published: 22 Oct 2012

It's a cold day in late November. Two men are getting ready to board a plane bound for Southeast Asia at San Francisco International airport. In their luggage is millions of dollars worth of stolen trade secrets. These pilfered project designs, manuals, CDs, floppy diskettes and third-party licensed materials will allow nefarious foreign buyers to unlock the secrets of the most innovative U.S. companies, and aggressively compete with them on the open market. But just as the men are about to step onto the plane, they are arrested by a joint FBI/Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) investigative team. It sounds like an episode of a television crime drama. Yet this actually happened in 2001, when two men tried to flee the country with trade secrets stolen from a few of the biggest names in Silicon Valley. In this case, the criminals were stopped in their tracks, but theft of trade secrets is a growing and evolving problem, says Matt Parrella, assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the San Jose branch of the U.S. Department of Justice's CHIP unit. "... Access >>>

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