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Security: Europe's pushback against Chinese tech has only just begun

Hacking scheme to steal university research for military applications traced back to ChinaProminent names feature on the hacking list.Amid growing international suspicion about China's tech companies, a new report suggests the Chinese government could be behind the theft of corporate secrets from chip-making equipment business ASML. According to Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad, technology stolen by employees at ASML in California was shared with XTAL, a company with links to the Chinese state. ASML has a dominant position in selling circuitry technology used in making processors. Customers include leading chipmakers such as Intel, Samsung, TSMC, and GlobalFoundries.SEE: Cybersecurity in an IoT and mobile world (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic)Following the report, ASML, which is headquartered in Veldhoven in the Netherlands, downplayed what boss Peter Wennink disparagingly described as a "conspiracy theory"."The facts of the matter are that we were robbed by a handful of our own employees based in Silicon Valley, who had broken the law to enrich themselves," Wennink said in the statement about the California incident, which resulted in a November 2018 court case in the US. "Some of the individuals happened to be Chinese nationals, but individuals from other nations were also involved. We resent any suggestion that this event should have any implication for ASML conducting business in China." Last year, ASML did about €1.7bn ($1.9bn) of business in China and expected to do about the same this year. That is a significant part of the company's business, which reported net sales of €10.9bn in 2018. Despite the denials from ASML, this case is bound to fuel growing suspicions in Europe about Chinese intentions. "This is not the only such incident," confirms Jonathan Holslag, a professor of international politics at Brussels University, who has written several books about China. "In general, it's taken European countries a lot of time to get to grips with the magnitude of the Chinese industrial espionage problem. They've been more inclined to brush it aside and prioritize business opportunities," he tells ZDNet. Recently several European leaders, including Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and French president Emmanuel Macron, have called for a more realistic, and less naive, relationship with China. In Germany, members of the business community who first saw the Chinese market as a grand opportunity have returned home with bitter complaints about unfair treatment and difficult conditions. Angst about the 2016 Chinese takeover of German robotics company, Kuka, has not abated either. In March, Brussels finalized a new EU investment-screening framework, an area where European states have been behind other countries. The...

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