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industrial espionage

the stealing of technological or commercial research data, blueprints, plans, etc., as by a person in the hire of a competing company.
Origin of industrial espionage
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for industrial espionage
  • No one blinked at these acts of industrial espionage.
  • Others take on industrial espionage jobs against unions.
  • They were arrested and later charged with industrial espionage and forgery.
  • Already, camera-phones have been banned in some factories to prevent industrial espionage.
  • There are also concerns about the use of digital cameras and camera-phones for industrial espionage.
  • You'll be prepared to combat bio-terrorism, cyber crime and industrial espionage.
  • Foreign industrial espionage carried out by a government is known as economic espionage.
  • Protecting the confidentiality of business information will reduce losses from industrial espionage.
  • Similarly, such technology can be used to quickly and efficiently conduct industrial espionage.
British Dictionary definitions for industrial espionage

industrial espionage

attempting to obtain trade secrets by dishonest means, as by telephone- or computer-tapping, infiltration of a competitor's workforce, etc
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