Samsung has again leaked data on semiconductor technology

Samsung has again leaked data on semiconductor technology

As the battle for leadership in the semiconductor industry intensifies, Samsung Electronics is increasingly becoming a victim of information leaks. As reported by Business Korea, citing industry sources, an employee from the Device Solutions division was recently laid off. Now he is accused of having organized the leak of documents with the most important information about the company’s technologies. Samsung has asked the authorities for a formal investigation.

    Image source: Samsung

Image source: Samsung

The specialist was caught sending out dozens of important documents, including materials on important semiconductor technologies. The data was sent to their own external email address, some documents were then sent to another electronic mailbox.

The company reported the incident to its employees on an internal mailing list, where it discussed punishing other professionals for previous leaks, firing an employee and contacting law enforcement for further investigation. This is thought to be done so employees understand how destructive trying to sell company secrets is.

Earlier, it turned out that another Samsung specialist, who was seeking employment at a foreign company, while working remotely saved hundreds of screenshots of his computer screen with key data on key technologies. After the suspicions were confirmed, the employee was arrested, tried, and sentenced to a year and a half in prison, a $7,000 fine, and other penalties. However, prosecutors appealed the verdict, saying it was too lenient, saying the former Samsung employee failed to fully admit his guilt and show reasonable remorse, so he is now awaiting the next court hearing.

Another Samsung employee, who was planning a move to a South Korean partner company, according to Business Korea, was caught saving hundreds of screenshots of the screen, also with vital information. He was also sentenced to prison last month, and prosecutors are also appealing the sentence, saying it is too lenient.

Earlier this year, several employees at Samsung Electronics subsidiary SEMES were sentenced to prison terms for violating a law protecting national industrial technologies. As it turned out about a year ago, the employees used the technologies they knew to craft 14 pieces of equipment worth tens of millions of dollars, which they reportedly sold to Chinese competitors and Chinese research institutes. It is well known that South Korea has recently stepped up the fight against the outflow of technology to China, but this is still not enough.

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