GE Engineer Charged With Theft and Transfer of Turbine Technology to China

An engineer of Chinese nationality was charged with stealing trade secrets from his U.S. employer, General Electric (GE), and transmitting the information to companies in China.

Zheng Xiaoqing, 56, of Niskayuna, New York, was arrested by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) on Aug. 1. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Charges against Zheng relate to an incident on July 5 when he stole digital files relating to GE’s turbine technology.

Prosecutors said in a statement: “Zheng is alleged to have used steganography [a type of encrypted technology] to hide data files belonging to GE into an innocuous looking digital picture of a sunset, and then to have emailed the digital picture, which contained the stolen GE data files, to Zheng’s (private) email account.” ..Read More..

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