:red_flag: Industrial espionage is the illegal and unethical theft of business trade secrets for use by a competitor to achieve a competitive advantage. Industrial espionage is conducted by companies for commercial purposes rather than governments for national security purposes.
Industrial espionage can be divided into two types. The first and most common is actively seeking to gather intelligence about a company or organization. It may include the theft of intellectual property, such as manufacturing processes, chemical formulas, recipes, techniques or ideas. Industrial espionage may also entail the concealment or denial of access of key information related to pricing, bidding, planning, research and more. Such a practice is meant to create a competitive advantage for the party who has the information
Industrial espionage tends to involve "inside jobs," in which an employee steals secrets for financial gain or to hurt the company. It may also be conducted by governments as they pursue economic or financial goals. Less frequently, individuals may break into a company facility to steal documents, computer files or pick through trash for valuable information. More likely, an industrial spy will use the internet to hack into a company's network to gain access to trade secrets on work computers and servers