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June 19, 2013

Technology makes trade secrets a tempting target for theft


Prosecutors allege that in the weeks before he left BD, Maniar downloaded more than 8,000 files of valuable and confidential information, which could be worth millions of dollars, suggesting it could be used to set up a new business or be sold to a competitor.

The files included “part designs, assembly machine designs, molding process information” and other documents, the suit says.

BD learned of Maniar’s downloading on May 20 through two “data loss prevention tools” on its computer system, the suit says. One logged the name and date a BD employee “electronically copied information to another storage device.” The second tool made a “shadow” copy of each file copied, “thereby allowing BD to see the actual file that was copied,” the suit says.

The suit says the program showed that Maniar had taken thousands of confidential documents, many related to the Vystra project. It argued that if the court didn’t force Maniar to abide by the terms of the confidentiality agreement, “the damages that BD will sustain can never be fully compensated.”

Six days after the suit was filed, the FBI pounced on Maniar.


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