When U.S. prosecutors charged an Apple Inc. engineer [Jizhong Chen] in January with stealing trade secrets for a Chinese startup, a search of his home turned up something else, they said: a classified file from the Patriot missile program that belonged to his ex-employer, Raytheon Co.
The Patriot document was discovered among numerous electronic devices and paper files from Chen’s former employers including General Electric — some of which were stamped “confidential,” according to prosecutors.
Chen, a U.S. citizen who was arrested on his way to catch a flight to China, is awaiting trial on charges that he collected photos, schematics and manuals from his work on Apple’s tightly guarded self-driving car project as he prepared to take a job with an unidentified rival.
The 2011 document relating to one of Raytheon’s best-known weapons was so secret that it “was not (and is not) permitted to be maintained outside of Department of Defense secured locations,” prosecutors said in an Oct. 29 filing that hasn’t previously been reported on by the media. Chen “has, for over eight years, illegally possessed classified national security materials taken from a former employer.”
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in January, “Most anyone who works at major U.S. company has similar tales of IP theft, publicly reported or not.”
What the Chinese cannot create on their own, they steal. Whether it is through high-tech means or simply grabbing a handful of proprietary grains, the People’s Republic of China has consistently proven that what they lack in creativity and innovation, they make up for in outright theft… The simple fact is that the threat to American intellectual property worsens every day because of the actions of the Chinese government.
The U.S. Department of Treasury estimates that Chinese theft of intellectual property costs our nation between $225 billion and $600 billion a year. Universities represent especially attractive targets. As China continues to steal our scientific innovations and intellectual property, we will continue to counter their dishonest actions, and we urge American entities to remain vigilant.
When it comes to U.S. critical infrastructure, approximately 90% is in the hands of the private sector. We urge every American business and institution that is involved with proprietary or classified innovations and intellectual property to assess its physical and cybersecurity policies and procedures. We would also encourage them to assess or develop an insider threat program to ensure you are protecting your interests — and our nation’s security.
Diane Upchurch is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock division, where W. Ryan Kennedy is a supervisory special agent and Connor Hagan is a public affairs specialist.
The U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft. We cannot allow this to happen as it has for many years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2018
We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade, Intellectual Property Theft, and much more. Our Country has been losing HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year to China, with no end in sight….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
"The Chinese laugh at how weak and pathetic our government is in combating intellectual property theft." (cont) http://t.co/zUpxyeFT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2012