GERMANY is under attack from an increasing number of state-backed Chinese spying operations that are costing its economy tens of billions of euros a year, a leading German counterintelligence agent has said.
Russia had only "hundreds of thousands of agents", compared with China's 1 million, but it had "years more experience". The areas most under attack included car manufacturing, renewable energy, chemistry, communication, optics, X-ray technology, machinery and armaments. Information being gathered was related to not only research and development but also management techniques and marketing strategies.
Opfermann estimated that German companies were losing around €50bn (£43bn) and 30,000 jobs to industrial espionage every year.
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Let them take what they want. After time the technology will be defunct, but the memory of treachery is eternal!
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"One million" Chinese spy on German Technology watch
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Last edited by Kickflip; 07-08-2009 at 12:49.
- 07-08-2009 12:46
- 08-08-2009 14:49
lol at the bit in bold.
- 10-08-2009 22:37
What's the point of spending a lot of money on Research and Development when it's cheaper to steal the ideas?
- 10-08-2009 22:42
After the break up of the soviet union, russian scientists gave away the technology for packets of ciggaretts lol
- 11-08-2009 07:24
Germans should enforce stricter controls and if you want to make the most out of your hard work, your own developed R&D, you'd better market them to wealthy countries that can afford it and make a win-win deal out of it.
Such countries with good general relationships in all spheres with Germany include the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Venezuela, Oman, among others.
Germany should try to strengthen ties with and extend its 'soft' influence over countries which have no 'bad blood' or any contentious issue with Germany and make lucrative deals out of it in the process too.