Monday, March 9, 2009

Goodyear suspected industrial espionage

al.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Goodyear called in the FBI when they suspected someone was spying on closely guarded technology for making tires.

The global security chief for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said in a statement today the company alerted the FBI after an internal investigation into what he called an apparent attempt in 2007 to steal proprietary technology.

The FBI probe was followed by federal charges Friday against two engineers for a Tennessee company. The engineers pleaded not guilty to counts that include trade secret theft, wire fraud and conspiracy.

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