Ex-Google engineer arrested for alleged theft of AI secrets for Chinese firms

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A Chinese software engineer has been arrested for allegedly stealing artificial intelligence technology from Google while secretly working for two Chinese companies.

Linwei Ding, 38, also known as Leon Ding, faces four counts of theft of trade secrets, the US attorney general, Merrick Garland, said in a statement.

Ding, who was arrested on Wednesday in Newark, California, allegedly transferred confidential information from Google’s network to his personal account while secretly affiliated with Chinese-based companies in the AI industry.

“The justice department will not tolerate the theft of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies that could put our national security at risk,” Garland said.

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