U.S. Charges 6 Chinese with Economic Espionage

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for allegedly accessing secret U.S. technologies and sharing them with universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

Unsealing an indictment filed last month, U.S. officials in Washington announced the charges Tuesday. The defendants, all Chinese nationals, include Hao Zhang, who is in custody, his fellow engineer Wei Pang and four other Chinese engineers and professors of stealing trade secrets from two U.S. technology companies, Skyworks Solutions and Avago Technologies.

The American companies produce radio-frequency filters known as FBARs (thin film bulk acoustic resonators) — devices used in cellphones and other mobile devices that process incoming and outgoing wireless signals.

Pang and Zhang were awarded doctorates in electrical engineering from a university in California in 2005 and subsequently began working for Avago and Skyworks, respectively.

By 2008, they began working with Tianjin University to establish a FBAR fabrication facility there while continuing their work at Avago and Skyworks, U.S. officials said. One year later they resigned and took up full-time professorships at the school, later forming a company to mass-produce FBARs.

The defendants, all of whom range in age from 26 to 41 years old, are accused of stealing computer source code and processes, specifications, design layouts and other documents from the American technology companies, sharing the information among themselves and with others working for Tianjin University.

Full article: U.S. Charges 6 Chinese with Economic Espionage (The Chosunilbo)

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