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The Nikkei News recently quoted a report submitted to the National Assembly by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) as saying that 67% of the technology leaks seized in South Korea in the past five years up to 2019 were leaks to China, many involving the dominant fields of South Korean companies such as semiconductors, displays and shipbuilding.
Samsung Electronics, the largest electronics industry company in South Korea, has been taking steps to avoid technology outflows to China. For example, Samsung employees must disable the smartphone camera and recording function when entering the laboratory or factory; in one of the laboratories, print paper with metal foil to prevent employees from printing confidential information, employees are prohibited from taking the information out of the laboratory without permission, otherwise an alarm will sound when leaving the building.
After the outbreak of the CCP virus, Samsung prohibited its employees from taking technical data out of the office, despite the South Korean government’s request that corporate employees work from home.
However, the CCP also uses other means to obtain information, such as using former and current employees. Engineers at BOE Technology, the largest display maker on the mainland, revealed that many Samsung engineers made a job move to BOE between 2015 and 2016, and there are now about 120 Koreans in BOE’s factories and labs, including more than 50 former Samsung engineers.
Sources from the USPTO show that 62 patents were filed by Koreans under the name of SMIC. The U.S. has previously determined that SMIC has a CCP military background, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office estimates that more than 100 Korean semiconductor engineers are working at SMIC.
A major theft incident occurred at Samsung in 2018. South Korea’s Water Source Prosecutor’s Office indicted 11 employees of Samsung supplier Toptec, including the company’s chief executive, for allegedly leaking Samsung’s OLED folding technology to the Chinese Communist Party.
The defendants set up a shell company and sold their stolen trade secrets to four Chinese manufacturers. These technologies are the result of Samsung’s six-year investment of more than $130 million and are designated as national core technologies guaranteed by the Korean Industrial Technology Protection Act.
Source: The Epoch Times