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As a consequence to Advanced Micro Devices’ job cuts and inability to keep employees from leaving the company in the recent years, some of AMD’s former workers have not only left to join competing companies, but also revealed them their former employer’s sensitive information.

AMD this week said it has found that three of its former workers transferred as many as 100 thousand files with sensitive information from AMD to Nvidia Corp. The employees copied files to storage devices a day before leaving AMD for Nvidia. The list of accused employees includes such high-ranking people as Robert Feldstein, former vice president of business development at AMD, who helped AMD to win designs for all three next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.

"AMD has uncovered evidence that three of the four defendants – Feldstein, Desai and Kociuk – transferred external storage devices trade secret files and information in the days prior to their leaving AMD to work for Nvidia," reads the compliant.

AMD’s complaint alleges that Robert Feldstein last summer copied and transferred sensitive AMD documents to Nvidia in his final days at AMD, and that two of the other defendants, Manoo Desai and Nicolas Kociuk, later performed the same actions. AMD also accuses Richard Hagen of asking Mr. Desai to join him at Nvidia, which is a violation of his contract with AMD, reports CRN web-site. All four have also allegedly tried to recruit their former colleagues at AMD.

"The volume of materials that these three defendants collectively transferred to storage devices, each of which is unaccounted for, as they left to work for AMD's competitor exceeds 100 000 electronic files. The names of the identified and transferred files match identically or very closely to the names of files on their AMD systems that include obviously confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret materials relating to developing technology and/or highly confidential business strategy," explained AMD.

Tags: AMD, Nvidia, Business, ATI, Geforce, Radeon

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Spies Like Us
0 0 [Posted by: fanboyslayer  | Date: 01/17/13 01:18:08 AM]
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0 4 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 01/17/13 01:36:43 AM]
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Not sure what you mean by 'DAMN' am not familiar with this reference, its not clear who you don't believe or what you think is unfair here.

When you download documents on corporate networks everything is logged. Unusual download activity months after you put down your resignations and even right upto the date you put down the resignations will be meticulously monitored. Its pretty obvious if your file traffic goes up just before you resign and right after it when you serve your notice periods.

These things are not taken lightly, whether they shared it with anyone in Nvidia or they are guilty of taking it to Nvidia will be handled by the courts based on logs and other technically verified evidence admissible in a court of law.
4 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/17/13 01:56:02 AM]
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Vanakkuty I believe he is referring to the reference that was briefly used after the ATI merger with AMD of DAAMIT (being an amalgamation of the initials).
1 0 [Posted by: JBG  | Date: 01/17/13 04:27:58 AM]
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Oh that one yeah I remember the DAMNIT reference. Thank you!
0 0 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 01/17/13 10:48:20 AM]
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I hope in addition to the civil lawsuit that criminal charges are filed against these people. There is a price to pay for industrial espionage and these folks should be held accountable on all fronts.
3 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/17/13 07:02:27 AM]
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AMD never assures any employee a lifetime position at the company.
BUT, what they do require are non-disclosure agreements as well as ownership of all intellectual property created by it's employees during their employment and for a finite period of time after leaving.

These ex-AMD employees should be taken to task for what they have done. They surely would not have done this while working for AMD since they know it would not benefit AMD or their job security.

Take them to court, and require the return of all information.

Then take Nvidia to the SEC and scour their files.
2 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 01/17/13 09:45:58 AM]
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When you think about it, would you feel comfortable hiring people capable of stealing sensitive files and documents from their former employer? I'm pretty sure that they knew the risks and possible consequences but choose to take the risk anyway.

What do you think will happen the day that they'll find another opportunity?

Did Nvidia offer them a position expecting such actions? Being a fan of their product I honestly hope it's not the case.
0 0 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 01/17/13 11:05:17 AM]
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