Sting II: IBM Strikes Again

A vigilant internal security force fights industrial spying

If things keep going the way they have been lately, the next John Le Carré novel might feature not agents from the British Secret Service or the CIA but spies from the gray-flanneled ranks of International Business Machines Corp.

Consider what happened last week. First thing Monday morning. IBM officials confronted three high-ranking employees at their desks. They charged them with trying to sell secrets about IBM's new personal computer and fired them on the spot. Later that day the firm sued the three in a...

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