The Dutch company ASML falls victim to Chinese spies

The Dutch daily newspaper “Financieele Dagblad” („FD”) published an article, informing about the trade secrets theft of the semiconductor devices manufacturer – ASML. The company was supposed to be a victim of its own personnel – high-level Chinese employees working in the R&D Department in the company’s branch in San Jose. They were to steal software, source code or pricing strategies from the company. The stolen data was to be transferred to a competitive company XTAL, affiliated with the Chinese government.

The Dutch daily newspaper “Financieele Dagblad” („FD”) published an article, informing about the trade secrets theft of the semiconductor devices manufacturer – ASML. The company was supposed to be a victim of its personnel – high-level Chinese employees working in the R&D Department in the company’s branch in San Jose. They were to steal software, source code or pricing strategies from the company. The stolen data was to be transferred to a competitive company XTAL, affiliated with the Chinese government.

The case is widely reported in the media all over the world, and Dutch journalists claim that it is the biggest spy scandal in this country. At the same time, ASML itself has stated that it has not yet been possible to find hard evidence of the Chinese government’s involvement in this matter.

ASML’s largest customers include Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the chip producer for iPhones.

FD journalists referred to their own sources at ASML and to a California court decision issued in November last year. The lawsuit was pending between the subsidiaries of ASML and XTAL. It concerned a breach of contract by former ASML’s employees with Sino-sounding surnames, who shared internal information with XTAL. The California court granted ASML more than 220 million USD in damages, and XTAL declared bankruptcy a month after the verdict was announced.

The case is widely reported in the media all over the world and Dutch journalists claim that it is the biggest spy scandal in this country. At the same time, ASML itself has stated that it has not yet been possible to find hard evidence of the Chinese government’s involvement in this matter.

ASML’s largest customers include Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the chip producer for iPhones.

FD journalists referred to their own sources at ASML and to a California court decision issued in November last year. The lawsuit was pending between the subsidiaries of ASML and XTAL. It concerned a breach of contract by former ASML’s employees with Sino-sounding surnames, who shares internal information with XTAL. The California court granted ASML more than $220 million in damages and XTAL declared bankruptcy a month after the verdict was announced.

The Dutch daily newspaper “Financieele Dagblad” („FD”) published an article, informing about the trade secrets theft of the semiconductor devices manufacturer – ASML. The company was supposed to be a victim of its personnel – high-level Chinese employees working in the R&D Department in the company’s branch in San Jose. They were to steal software, source code or pricing strategies from the company. The stolen data was to be transferred to a competitive company XTAL, affiliated with the Chinese government.

The case is widely reported in the media all over the world, and Dutch journalists claim that it is the biggest spy scandal in this country. At the same time, ASML itself has stated that it has not yet been possible to find hard evidence of the Chinese government’s involvement in this matter.

ASML’s largest customers include Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the chip producer for iPhones.

FD journalists referred to their own sources at ASML and to a California court decision issued in November last year. The lawsuit was pending between the subsidiaries of ASML and XTAL. It concerned a breach of contract by former ASML’s employees with Sino-sounding surnames, who shared internal information with XTAL. The California court granted ASML more than 220 million USD in damages, and XTAL declared bankruptcy a month after the verdict was announced.

Source: Reuters, Rzeczpospolita

- 12 kwietnia 2019 - EN