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Chinese State-Sponsored Espionage (a.k.a. IP Theft) Survey

In a recent article in the July 24, 2021, edition of The Economist, titled, “Chinese cyber-attacks—Ctrl-alt-denounce—After failing to dissuade cyber-attacks, America looks to its friends for help,” you will find the following quote,

“For all the attention devoted to the Taiwan Strait and trade tariffs, cyber-espionage may be the most active mode of conflict between China and America—and America’s allies—for years to come.”

The article also draws attention to the recent publication of the following Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) report: “Survey of Chinese Espionage in the United States Since 2000.”

It is a sobering reminder of China’s persistence to gain U.S. trade secrets by all conceivable legal and illegal means.

A review of this survey is recommended.


*Prior IP Probe Blog posts on this topic:

Trade Secrets Thief Sentenced to 30 Months for Medical Institution Theft

U.S. Private Investigator—Former Law Enforcement Officer—Arrested for Conspiring with Chinese Foreign Agents in an illegal Chinese “Fox Hunt” operation

China’s Notorious Thousand Talents Program – Equal Opportunity Recruiter – UPDATE

Risk Assessment re: China’s Proposed Amendment to Its Espionage Law

Book Review: The Scientist and the Spy. Review by Russell Atkinson

So…What is the China-Espionage “Thousand Grains of Sand” Theory?

U.S. Congress Message to China: You Need Not Bid

U.S. Educated Chinese Students–Abuse U.S. Temporary Work Program

China [Continuing] Trade Secrets Theft Initiative

Composition of a Chinese Trade Secrets Theft Enterprise: A Family Affair

Does China Threaten—Students, Researchers, Scientists—Working or Studying in the U.S. to Bring Back IP or Their Families Are Put in Jeopardy?

China’s Notorious Thousand Talents Program–Equal Opportunity Recruiter

Is the Chinese Government-Sanctioned “Thousand Talents Rewards Program” a Vehicle for Trade Secrets Thieves?

Another Apple Employee-Enroute to China—Arrested—Trade Secrets Theft

UK Private Prosecution—Nightmare for One Alleged Trade Secrets Thief

Composition of a Chinese Trade Secrets Theft Enterprise: Case Study

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

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