More arrests because of espionage at Ericsson

The Swedish police have made two arrests at Ericsson, which may also be related to the industrial espionage discovered at the company. Earlier this week, three employees were arrested, one had handed trade secrets to "a foreign intelligence service". Which country commissioned the spying is still unclear, it is pointed towards Russia

The Swedish police have made two arrests at Ericsson, which may also be related to the industrial espionage discovered at the company. Earlier this week, three employees were arrested, one had handed trade secrets to "a foreign intelligence service". Which country commissioned the spying is still unclear, it is pointed towards Russia.

Last week, three employees and former employees of Ericsson were arrested on suspicion of industrial espionage. One of them in the act, when the "trade secrets" were sold. "The leader was arrested at a meeting with an agent from a foreign security service, " said a Swedish police spokesman.

However, it did not stay with these three arrests. Yesterday, two more employees of Ericsson were arrested as a result of the investigation into industrial espionage. According to a statement from Ericsson, these two are not yet suspected of punishable offenses, but they have violated the rules on security.

Every good spy story in the initial phase raises quite a few questions that can not be answered immediately. What country, for example, is the foreign security service that the Swedish police are talking about? The Swedish police do not want to make any statements about this. News agency Reuters

And then of course there is the spied material. What was the focus of attention? That does not want the police nor Ericsson to announce. The company is mainly known as a supplier for the telecom industry, but also makes products for defense. Thus it develops equipment to guide missiles, this application is used for the main fighter plane of Sweden, the JAS 39.

Reuters could not find out, through its source within Ericsson, what kind of trade secrets it is, but it denies that it concerns military knowledge. "It was a specific technology that the Russians do not have access to, and as far as I know it did not come from our defense unit, " said the source.

In a statement, Ericsson states that "the damage is limited". Henry Sténson, senior vice president of the company: "Because of the research, we can not say what kind of information it is, our impression is that the damage is limited, thanks to rapid action, and the three did not have any important positions within the company."