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New Jersey University Was Fake, but Visa Fraud Arrests Are Real
New York Times April 5, 2016...the university was a fake, set up by the Homeland Security Department as part of a sting operation to ensnare criminals involved in student visa fraud.

U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China
New York Times September 11, 2015.  
When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University’s physics department this spring and accused him of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China, prosecutors had what seemed like a damning piece of evidence: schematics of sophisticated laboratory equipment sent by the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, to scientists in China.

Temple Physics Chair Charged With Passing Tech to China  
Philadelphia May 22, 2015.  Xiaoxing Xi, the physics department chair at Temple University, has been charged by federal prosecutors with passing semiconductor technology back to his native China.

Chinese professors among 6 charged with economic espionage
USA Today May 19, 2015.  Two Chinese professors, who for years worked as engineers in the USA, are among six Chinese nationals accused by federal prosecutors of economic espionage sponsored by their home government in the alleged theft of radio frequency filter technology developed by two U.S. companies.

Chinese Hackers Force Penn State to Unplug Engineering Computers
Bloomberg Business Week May 15, 2015.  Penn State University, which develops sensitive technology for the U.S. Navy, disclosed Friday that Chinese hackers have been sifting through the computers of its engineering school for more than two years.

U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
NY Times January 15, 2015.  The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive.

Rocket Science Espionage?
Inside Higher Ed November 17, 2014.  
Did the California Institute of Technology ignore faculty reports that an Israeli spy might be working at a campus-controlled research facility so as not to jeopardize an $8 billion National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract?

Enforcement Likely to Rise Following Implementation of Export Reform
Shipman & Goodwin July 10, 2014. Although the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative was designed to facilitate exports, it will likely lead to more vigorous, stricter enforcement of export control laws and regulations, with elevated administrative and civil penalties and even criminal consequences for violations.

ISU grad student accused of trying to sell military secrets to ChinaAmes Tribune June 13, 2014​.  A graduate student at Iowa State University is one of two people arrested on allegations they tried to sell military secrets to China...

Manhattan U.S. Attorney And FBI Assistant Director-In-Charge Announce Criminal Complaint Against Three New York-Based University Researchers
Press Release, U.S. Attorneys Office, Southern District of New York, May 20, 2013.  ....announced today the filing of charges against YUDONG ZHU, XING YANG, and YE LI, three researchers who worked on improving MRI technology at a university in New York, New York, but who also had undisclosed affiliations with a Chinese company performing the same type of research.

University Charged with Export Violations  
Williams Mullen News May 3, 2013​The University of Massachusetts at Lowell was charged by the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) for violating export control laws in connection with the export of an atmospheric testing device and related equipment……to a party on the BIS Entity List.

Why the Professor Went to Prison Bloomberg Business News November 01, 2012. ....Roth, an emeritus professor of electrical engineering, taught and researched at Tennessee for nearly 30 years. A former scientist at NASA, he holds 11 patents and has testified before Congress on nuclear fusion….

American Universities Infected by Foreign Spies Detected by FBI​Bloomberg News April 08, 2012.  ...growing signs of spying on U.S. universities are alarming national security officials. As schools become more global in their locations and student populations, their culture of openness and international collaboration makes them increasingly vulnerable to theft of research conducted for the government and industry.

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