About this time last year, we offered some insight on Economic Espionage and Theft of Trade Secrets, which included a primer on economic espionage, case examples, and avoidance strategies. We observed that “[w]hile the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has identified China, Russia, and Iran as the three states most capable of committing economic espionage,” ODNI noted that “’[c]ountries with closer ties to the United States also have conducted cyber espionage to obtain U.S. technology.’” DOJ sent a similar message, indicating it was ending its controversial “China Initiative” that targeted economic espionage. Since then, though, U.S. law enforcement has remained focused on China (see, e.g., the FBI’s seemingly myopic focus on Chinese government-sponsored economic espionage and DOJ’s recent and highly publicized efforts to disrupt criminal activity by Chinese intelligence officers and government officials and others alleged to be associated with the Chinese government).
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