Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Glimpse at Corporate Spying

Paris - The story has the elements of a corporate thriller: a cast of characters that includes former French spies and military men, an American cycling champion, Greenpeace activists and a dogged judge whose investigation takes him from a sports doping laboratory outside Paris to a Moroccan jail and to some of the top corporations in France.

Like installments in a serial novel, new revelations have been dripping out since March. And while the climax is still probably many months away, the story is providing a rare glimpse into the shadowy and potentially lucrative business of gathering what corporations refer to as “strategic intelligence.” (more)

The whole story is as fascinating as it is revealing. Click "more" to read the full story.

High stakes business espionage is very real.

Smart executives have counterespionage
programs. Doubters have their pockets picked. Stories like this represent espionage failures; the tip of the spyberg. Successful spying (by definition) goes unnoticed. ~Kevin