U.S. Ups Ante for Spying on Firms – China, Others Are Threatened With New Penalties

The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks and commercial thefts at some of the U.S.’s biggest companies.Top administration officials painted a pervasive portrait of the far-reaching costs of espionage — competitive disadvantages, job losses, product impacts — that American firms as well known as General Motors Co. and DuPont have already had to confront.

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