Former Google AI engineer arrested in America, Chinese citizen accused of stealing technology

America: Prosecutors said Ding began uploading confidential information to a personal Google Cloud account in May 2022 and uploaded more than 500 files by May 2023, The Washington Post reported.

Mar 7, 2024 - 21:13
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Former Google AI engineer arrested in America, Chinese citizen accused of stealing technology

A Chinese national who was a former Google artificial intelligence (AI) engineer has been arrested, according to the US Justice Department, on suspicion of stealing trade secrets about the company's cutting-edge technologies to establish his own business in China.

The US Justice Department declared that 38-year-old Leon Ding, also known as Linwei Ding, had been arrested. On Wednesday, he was arrested in Newark, California, and accused of four counts of stealing trade secrets.

According to The Washington Post, Justice Department officials briefed on the case said the US government is on alert against efforts to illegally transfer advanced American technologies to China amid a Cold War-like technological arms race between Washington and Beijing. Will remain.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said, "The Department of Justice will not tolerate the theft of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies that could threaten our national security. If convicted, Ding faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to US$1 million. There may be a fine of Rs.

According to an indictment filed in federal court in San Francisco, Ding was hired by Google in 2019 as a software engineer and worked on the company's supercomputing data centres. He also worked on developing software that helps run machine learning and AI applications for Google's customers, the indictment says.

Prosecutors said Ding began uploading confidential information to a personal Google Cloud account in May 2022 and uploaded more than 500 files by May 2023, The Washington Post reported.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer