Spying Is The Act Of Spying

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1. Espionage is the act of spying on a person or organization by gaining unauthorized access to information about that person or organization. a. Provide at least five examples of organizations that have been or might be targets of espionage. Why would they be targeted? Who would want to steal their information? According to NY Times, in 1993, Volkswagen was accused of spying on General Motor’s German division named Opel. Several executives moved to Volkswagen and took trade secrets with them. This resulted in a large settlement where Volkswagen had to repay 100 million dollars and buy 1 billion dollars in car parts from GM. The ability to gain future concepts to improve their auto market enticed VW into possibly stealing secrets to gain an edge. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/10/business/vw-agrees-to-pay-gm-100-million-in-espionage-suit.html In the Washington Post there was also a story about Hilton and Starwood Hotels in a corporate spying situation. This included Hilton finding a lot of Starwood’s confidential information at Hilton and in the homes of Hilton employees. Hilton’s release of a new hotel brand Denizen and use of the documents to upgrade other luxury hotels resulted in litigation, but no settlement has been made yet. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122205827_2.html After reading The Guardian’s article on Chinese’s company Green Dam stealing over 3000 lines of code from Cybersitter to enforce an anti-pornography
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