A Chinese business consultant has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to unauthorized access into a computer network and intent to defraud a Silicon Valley company.
Yan Ming Shan, 35, of Daqing, China, was hired by Mountain View-based 3DGeo Development Inc., as a contractor in April 2002 under an agreement with one of its customers, PetroChina, a Chinese state-owned oil company. 3DGeo develops software used to survey land for natural gas and oil sources. Shan broke into computer networks to steal corporate secrets, an intellectual property theft and fraud.
PetroChina's DaQing Oil division employed Shan and arranged for him to spend time in California to get training on 3DGeo's software.
According to federal attorneys, Shan copied $400,000 to $1 million worth of 3DGeo's proprietary source code for seismic imaging onto the other employee's computer, then onto his own laptop. Shan was arrested by FBI on Sept. 17, 2002, as he attempted to board a flight to China and was held in the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose. (Source: Rachel Konrad, AP, Dec. 18, 2004).