Friday, September 19, 2008

Australian Spy Warns Of Rising Corporate Espionage

Thomas Claburn writes on InformationWeek:

The deputy-director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, who cannot be named under Australian law, warned attendees of Australia's Security in Government Conference 2008 earlier this week that commercial and national espionage are becoming more intertwined.

The deputy-director general, Australia's No. 2 spy, said that geopolitical tensions and ongoing globalization will fuel espionage activity in the years ahead and that spying will affect both the public and private sectors.

"The pressures and opportunities to gain an edge across the public and private sectors -- a distinction, by the way, that not every country recognizes -- will continue to fuel a trade in sensitive information," he said. "The scope of espionage is likely to embrace, but go well beyond, traditional targets such as highly sensitive government information and defense capabilities."

Espionage operations, in other words, will be increasingly directed at businesses.

More here.


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