By Keith Epstein  |  Posted 08-01-2001 Print


55% of manufacturing companies with fewer than 1,000 employees said they spied on rivals in the past 12 months. Of these, 75 percent report industrial spying for competitive analysis, including using the Web and posing as a potential customer to glean pricing and other data.


The cost of economic espionage to U.S. Companies is estimated by the national counterintelligence center at $100 billion annually.


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