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Woman faces 20 years for trying to export F-35, F-22 engines to China [UPDATE]

According to the DoJ, the espionage took place between March 2011 and June 2013.

Wenxia Man was found guilty of "conspiring to export and cause the export of fighter jet engines, an unmanned aerial vehicle, and related technical documents."

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FBI investigating recently fired Ford engineer for espionage [UPDATE]

UPDATE: We have received a statement from Ford Global Corporate Communications Manager, Susan Krusel, which contradicts some statements in the original story by the Detroit News. Krusel writes:

FBI Seizes Computers, Listening Devices From Ford Headquarters

Former Ford engineer suspected of corporate espionage

FBI agents searched Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, this month as part of an investigation into possible corporate espionage.

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Bollore accuses BMW of 'industrial espionage' over Bluecar EV secrets

Bollore has a beef with BMW, and it's apparently serious. The company that runs the French carsharing service Autolib filed a criminal complaint against the German automaker of, "using spies to gather information on its electric cars," in the words of AFP. The problem, allegedly, is that two employees of engineering firm P3, which was working for B

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Renault COO Pelata resigns 15 months after espionage debacle

A Renault espionage scandal that turned into an espionage hoax scandal soaked up four months of people's lives in early 2011 and resulted in the resignation of company COO Patrick Pelata. An informant with some bad information who was paid €250,000 told Renault that three executives had sold electric vehicle technology to the Chi

Renault COO Patrick Pelata resigns over "spy" case

On March 10th, we reported that the industrial espionage case – or was it fraud or a scandalous hoax – involving three top Eric Loveday

French government doesn't want to "destabilize" Renault, eases pressure on Ghosn

The situation at Renault/Nissan has been a bit of a mess lately. Nissan's sales have been lackluster, with extra incentives needed to move metal. French investors have recently shot down CEO Carlos Ghosn's six-year plan for Renault.

French government to deal with those responsible in Renault "spy" case

On Thursday, France's finance and industry ministers issued a statement declaring that the fate of the individuals responsible for Renault's ongoing debacle lies in the hands of the country's g

Report: Renault admits wrongful termination in espionage case

Renault says it wrongfully fired three of its executives – Michael Balthazard, Bertrand Rochette and Matthieu Tenenbaum – on suspicion of industrial espionage. The admission comes after French authorities looked into the company's dismissal of the men and determined that Renault's accusations ag

Report: Renault admits wrongful termination in espionage case *Update

Renault says it wrongfully fired three of its executives, Michael Balthazard, Bertrand Rochette and Matthieu Tenenbaum, on suspicion of industrial espionage. The admission comes after French authorities looked into the company's dismissal of the men and determined that Renault's accusations against them were baseless.

Report: COO Pelata to take fall for Carlos Ghosn over Renault espionage case

The industrial espionage case – or was it fraud or a scandalous hoax – involving three top Renault execs and th

McLaren-Ferrari spy scandal draws to an end

The two-year-old Stepneygate saga – long and complex enough to rival any of the Icelandic sagas – is finally over. A court in Modena, Italy has smacked four McLaren employees with six-figure fines: senior engineers Rod Taylor, Jonathan Neale, and Paddy Lowe are on the hook for €150,000 each (around $190,000 USD); chief designer Mike Coughlan got hit with a €180,000 fine (ne

World's most famous spy ever is... Brenda Priddy?

It's no secret that automotive spy photographer Brenda Priddy is synonymous with shots of heavily-camouflaged cars and of engineers enduring extreme climate testing. But now, she has been outed as The Most Famous Spy in History on a website called ShareRanks.

The Stepneygate postmortem -- what really happened in the F1 espionage scandal

Wired has posted a lengthy and thorough dissection of what really happened in last year's Stepneygate F1 scandal. The affair turned Ferrari an even more scarlet red, sucked $100,000,000 from McLaren's bank account and eliminated the team from the constructor's championship, ended the F1 careers of two F1 honchos, and possibly ended Ron Dennis' marriage.

Toyota engineers convicted of stealing secrets from Ferrari

In most countries, acts like murder, treason, or plotting to overthrow the government rank among the most heinous crimes a person can commit. In Italy, stealing secrets from Ferrari ranks right up near the top of the li

Automaker Smackdown: Hyundai vs. Toyota

So, you're Hyundai. You badly covet more market share in the US, and your targets are Honda and Toyota. What would be better than to hire a defector from the other team? It's even better when the defector brings along plenty of top-secret information to share. That's just what engineer Bruce Shibuya did when Hyundai nabbed him from Toyota and appointed him vice president of the Hyundai-Kia North American Quality Center. Little details like non-disclosure agreements must have been lost in the shu

Brenda Priddy's fall collection

Ah, Fashion Week. That time of year when designers roll out their most extravagant, over-the-top Spring fashion ideas so we can have the Target knock-offs next April when the weather actually allows us to wear them. While Y3, Vera and DK may be the stars in NY, here at Autoblog we turn to that well-known and well-loved spy photog fashionista Brenda Priddy. Brenda's line of casual wear was recently unve