Chinese Researcher Convicted of Spying on American Companies

Chinese Researcher Convicted of Spying on American Companies


A Chinese citizen that completed a portion of a doctoral program at an unnamed Californa university was convicted of stealing American trade secrets on Friday. The DOJ charged the man with conspiring to steal trade secrets from multiple American companies and hand them over “for the benefit of the Chinese government.”

According to a press release by the DOJ, 41-year-old Chinese citizen Hao Zhang was convicted of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, and conspiracy on Friday.

The release claims that Zhang stole trade secrets that pertained to the performance of wireless devices that are designed to eliminate electronic interference. Zhang allegedly planned to use the technology, which has both consumer and military applications, to start a Chinese company.

In a statement, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said that Zhang conspired with Tianjin University to take trade secrets from American companies. Demers claims that Zhang sought

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