FBI warns against trade secret theft

Agency says new 'green' technologies appealing to information thieves


Following the indictment of a Michigan couple earlier this year for allegedly conspiring to steal trade secrets related to hybrid car technology from General Motors and sell them to a Chinese competitor, the FBI announced Friday that the case exemplifies the kinds of threats companies currently face related to information security.

Considering advancements in "green" technology, the FBI said in a statement that trade secrets on things like hybrid vehicles are becoming a hot commodity among thieves.

The FBI defines a trade secret as "information with independent economic value, like blueprints, chemical formulas, research and development, marketing strategies, and manufacturing processes that the owner has taken reasonable steps to keep confidential."

The agency also said that it is making strides in helping to protect proprietary information from thieves. Click here to read the full statement.