Espionage has, by its very nature, always been a mysterious and secretive activity. The very words “espionage” and “spying” conjure up all kinds of images in most people’s minds. Since espionage usually involves covert and clandestine activities, many people’s eyes glaze over when the subject is mentioned. As a result, when it comes to espionage or spying in the business sense, there is often a great deal of confusion and a very real lack of understanding.

Business espionage is often cited as being one of the oldest businesses in the world. It certainly goes back a long time and most historians will cite the loss of the silk secrets from China to Japan, Korea, India, and Europe as the oldest documented cases of business espionage. ...

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