Intel Case Studies
Intellectual Property Theft
A multinational manufacturing company became suspicious that one of its former sales staff had been stealing the company’s intellectual property, after noticing a drop in sales following his departure.
The employee in question left the company several months prior and made no secret among his workmates that he was planning to start work at a rival organization. The subsequent lack of business led his former managers to suspect that he had stolen their customer database for use at his new company.
This information was used to subpoena and seize the former employee’s home computer. Further examination of this machine revealed that the database was copied from an external hard drive. During these examinations, a number of further incriminating files were recovered from the hard drive of the suspect’s home computer, including emails to his prospective new boss giving details of his plans to boost sales at his new company.