Chinese national indicted for stealing agricultural secrets

Caught stealing corn from leading ag-corporations

In the last year, we’ve seen plenty of Chinese espionage cases that have targeted personal information, trade secrets and detailed infrastructure plans via cyber-attack. While there’s no doubt growing concern over industrial espionage from Chinese agents, a recent incident reminds us that risks still remain outside of the cyber-attack.

On July 1, US authorities arrested a Chinese citizen in connection with an elaborate plan to steal and transport specific strains of corn from some of the largest agro-companies in the country. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mo Yun, who was charged in an indictment on July 2, is the second person arrested in connection with the plot, and that it targeted strains developed by the likes of Monsanto, Dupont and LG.

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Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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