Former Google engineer charged with stealing AI secrets for Chinese companies

A federal grand jury charged a former Google engineer with stealing artificial intelligence-related trade secrets with the intent of providing them to China.

The San Francisco-based jury indicted Linwei Ding, aka Leon Ding, on Wednesday on four charges of theft of trade secrets. The indictment, which was returned on Tuesday and unsealed Wednesday, stated that Ding transferred Google trade secrets and other confidential information from Google’s networks to a personal account. According to the Department of Justice, Ding also had secret affiliations with Chinese companies that created AI products.

“The Justice Department will not tolerate the theft of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies that could put our national security at risk,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press statement. “In this case, we allege the defendant stole artificial intelligence-related trade secrets from Google while secretly
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