Monthly Archives: March 2014

Toshiba’s Nand Memory Chips Faces Industrial Cyber Espionage Threats

Toshiba’s Nand Memory Chips Faces Industrial Cyber Espionage ThreatsIntellectual property rights (IPRs) theft has become a big nuisance these days. Countries around the world are facing this nuisance but they are finding it very difficult to deal with IPRs theft in the contemporary times. Conflict of laws in cyberspace has further made the scenario complicated.

With increasing use of information and communication technology (ICT), IPRs theft has become comparatively easier and anonymous. For instance, trade secrets are often stolen by cyber criminals. It is very difficult to conclusively prove authorship attribution for such cyber crimes and IPRs thefts as crucial digital evidence is scattered across different jurisdictions. Till the time digital evidence is approached, it is either destroyed or is made legally inadmissible.

Recently, Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) accused Chinese Company CSR Sifang of stealing its Shinkansen Bullet Trains. United States has also decided to introduce a legislation that would target companies using stolen IPRs of U.S. Japan is once again on the receiving end as technology and information from local companies, including chipmaker Toshiba, had been leaked to rivals from other countries. Japan has decided to fight against growing incidences of industrial cyber espionage.

“Safeguarding Japan’s cutting-edge technology and preventing leaks are extremely important”, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. “The government as a whole will respond to ensure that such a thing doesn’t occur again”. Suga declined to discuss specific cases but several media outlets said police had arrested a former engineer at a Toshiba affiliate on suspicion of improperly providing technical data to South Korea’s SK Hynix.

Cyber security and data security are crucial for successful protection of IPRs in the digital regime. Further, anti piracy and copyright infringement protection must also be extended to IPRs. Brands protection and management must also be ensured to sufficiently safeguard IPRs. Even domain name protection policy is required these days to adequately protect one’s IPRs.