July 9, 2008
Korea indicts "industrial spy" with ABS ties
Korea's Joon Ang Daily reports Busan prosecutors as saying that a "Chinese industrial spy" was indicted yesterday on charges of stealing shipbuilding technologies from a prominent Korean company.
The Busan District Prosecutors Office said yesterday that its special investigation unit has charged a 35-year-old Chinese ship classification surveyor affiliated with the American Bureau of Shipping with stealing key shipbuilding technology while working at a local shipyard, says the newspaper.
While the Chinese suspect is affiliated with the American Bureau of Shipping, he was dispatched to Korea at the special request of a state-run Chinese maritime corporation, Joon Ang Daily reports the prosecution as saying.
According to prosecutors, the suspect was dispatched to the Korean shipbuilding firm in September last year. He is suspected of downloading about 1,500 files from the company’s server onto his laptop. The data included drill ship design plans and technologies related to LNG vessels.