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Economic spies increase US activity [CNN]
> ECONOMIC SPIES INCREASE ACTIVITY IN U.S.
> Economics Graphic January 12, 1998
> Web posted at: 11:38 a.m. EST (1638 GMT)
> LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Governments of at least 23 countries
> including Germany, Russia, China, France and Israel have stepped up
> their economic espionage against U.S.-based companies, the Los
> Angeles Times, quoting the FBI, reported Monday.
> The newspaper said a new survey conducted by the American Society
> for Industrial Security estimated that intellectual property losses
> from foreign and domestic espionage may have exceeded $300 billion
> in 1997 alone.
> More than 1,100 documented incidents of economic espionage and 550
> suspected incidents that could not be fully documented were reported
> last year by major companies in a survey conducted by the society,
> The Los Angeles Times said. It said it had obtained results of the
> survey which was scheduled to be released Wednesday.
> A 1996 Economic Espionage Act makes theft of proprietary economic
> information in the United States a felony punishable by a $10
> million fine and 15-year prison sentence.
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