industrial espionage

noun
the stealing of technological or commercial research data, blueprints, plans, etc., as by a person in the hire of a competing company.

Origin:
1960–65

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industrial espionage
 
n
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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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.
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