The Insider Threat: Two Cases

The Insider Threat: Two Cases

Chi Mak admitted that he was sent to the United States in 1978 by China to obtain employment in the defense industry with the goal of stealing U.S. defense secrets, which he did for over 20 years. He passed information on quiet electric propulsion systems for U.S. submarines, and information on stealth ships being developed by the Navy. The Chinese government also tasked Mak to acquire information on other technologies. He recruited family members to encrypt and covertly courier information back to China. In May 2007, Mak was convicted of conspiracy, failing to register as an agent of a foreign government, and other violations. He was later sentenced to over 24 years in prison. Learn More

Michael Mitchell became disgruntled and was fired from his job due to poor performance. He kept numerous computer files with his employer’s trade secrets, then entered into a consulting agreement with a rival Korean company and gave them the stolen trade secrets. In March 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay his former employer over $187,000. Learn More