|Lawsuit Alleges Electronic Espionage and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets|
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 1 -- InstallShield® Software Corporation today announced it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court
against Wise Solutions, Inc. for electronic espionage, misappropriation of trade secrets, and copyright infringement. [...] InstallShield is seeking injunctive relief and damages in excess of two million dollars.
Specifically, the complaint charges Wise with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Illinois Trade Secrets Act, as well as engaging in copyright infringement. For at least ten months, Wise obtained unauthorized access to InstallShield's FTP servers and downloaded almost 1,000 highly confidential records, including proprietary beta software, trade secrets and copyrighted publications. [...]
InstallShield discovered Wise's electronic espionage after Wise sent suspicious marketing materials to several unique "decoy" contacts that were included on InstallShield's proprietary customer lists. InstallShield is cooperating in an ongoing criminal investigation into Wise's actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Attorney's office in Chicago. [...]
The suit was filed Friday, June 27, 2003 at United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
According to PR Newswire, the source of this information is InstallShield Software Corp. However this lawsuit is currently not mentioned on the installshield.com web site.