Monday, November 23, 2015

FBI Warns of Spies Targeting Medical Researchers

The same week that Jonathan Pollard walked out of a U.S prison after serving 30 years for spying on behalf of Israel, U.S. federal agents, academics and information technology specialists gathered in Houston to discuss this region’s vulnerability to espionage.

When it comes to espionage, it might not seem that foreign governments would target cancer and other medical research, but the FBI is warning that academics and others who work in disciplines that might seem far removed from national security to be on guard.

Foreign governments and their companies _ as well as elements of organized crime _ are known to try and infiltrate academia to steal work that can be reproduced back home without having to spend the time and money the United States has put into research and development.

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