Author Hedieh Nasheri suggests that if James Bond were alive and well, he probably would be pounding a keyboard somewhere. Her book consists of an entertaining review of historic case studies of computer crimes and industrial spying, plus an examination of the laws that nations have passed in an attempt to stem the leaky tide of outgoing information. The book defines the magnitude of the problem and pounds the drums for greater international cooperation on security and protection of intellectual property, but it is short on real solutions. And who can blame Nasheri? When countries such as China and France bug airplane seats, break into hotel rooms, pilfer attaché cases and pay cash for pirated industrial secrets, why delve into international policing? getAbstract.com believes that reading this book is a sound place to start deepening the business community’s education about this escalating problem.
In this summary, you will learn
- How surprisingly widespread economic espionage and computer-based crime have become;
- Why companies shifted intelligence resources toward economic issues after the Cold War;
- What legal provisions protect against economic espionage;
- How dangerous it is; and
- Why companies keep espionage quiet.
About the Author
Hedieh Nasheri is associate professor of justice studies at Kent State University and a visiting professor at the University of Turku Law School in Finland. Her previous books include Betrayal of Due Process (1998) and Crime and Justice in the Age of Court TV (2002). An expert on law, cyber-crimes and social science, she studied "Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction" in Central Europe on a grant from the U.S. State Department.