Business Notes: Oct. 20, 1986

ESPIONAGE Stealing Star Wars

The crime was shrouded in secrecy and intrigue. Pentagon officials said only that it was one of the worst cases ever involving the diversion of Western computer technology to the Communist world. Clearly, though, the U.S. had been severely stung by East-bloc espionage agents, who had managed to place in Moscow's hands some $11 million worth of high-tech hardware that could be used in space-based missile defenses.

The theft, which took place last year but was disclosed only last week, involved, among other things, some 40 advanced computer work stations manufactured by Tektronix, a small, specialized firm...

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