Friday, July 24, 2015

FBI sees 53 percent jump in foreign spies trying to steal U.S. trade secrets

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified a 53 percent increase in the number of hostile intelligence agents that have been attempting to steal U.S. trade secrets since this time last year, federal authorities said Thursday.

The number of economic espionage cases that have robbed both large and small companies across the United States is classified, but federal authorities say that those cases are “in the hundreds.”

FBI agents and National Counterintelligence and Security Center officials say the increased cases of economic espionage are tied tightly to international transient trends, which show more and more foreigners are now obtaining jobs in America or have teaching positions at U.S. universities.

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