UPDATE: April 23, 2019
An indictment unsealed today, charges Xiaoqing Zheng, of Niskayuna, New York, and Zhaoxi Zhang, of Liaoning Province, China, with economic espionage and conspiring to steal General Electric’s (GE’s) trade secrets surrounding turbine technologies. It is alleged that their efforts were intended to benefit the People’s Republic of China, the Malaysian Armed Forces Fund Board, and other foreign entities. Mr. Zheng was arraigned in Albany, NY earlier this morning.
An Albany based engineer has been arrested by the FBI and charged with theft of trade secrets. Prosecutors say the engineer, Xiaoqing Zheng, used elaborate and sophisticated methods to steal countless digital files containing trade secrets from General Electric regarding their wind turbine technology. Zheng was able to smuggle the information out by using steganography to hide the stolen files in a digital picture of a sunset. He then emailed the picture containing the files, to his private personal email address with subject line “Nice view to keep.”