ASML falls victim to corporate theft, plays down impact

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Reuters: "Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said on Thursday that a U.S. software subsidiary was the victim of corporate theft several years ago, but denied that the information stolen was a blueprint for its lithography machines.


The comments came in response to a report in the Dutch business daily newspaper Financieele Dagblad, which said technology had been stolen by high-level Chinese employees at ASML’s research and development department and ultimately leaked to a company linked to the Chinese government.


ASML said “we discovered this theft ourselves” and took immediate action. It said the technology stolen was not core to its business, and added it was still able to operate in China. [...]"


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