Chinese spies stole secrets via chip equipment maker ASML—Dutch paper

ASML Holding Semiconductor company logo seen displayed on smart phone. ASML will be a Dutch company as well as currently the largest supplier within the entire world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. (

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ASML Holding Semiconductor company logo seen displayed on smart phone. ASML will be a Dutch company as well as currently the largest supplier within the entire world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. (

Chinese employees stole corporate secrets via Dutch semi-conductor equipment maker ASML resulting in hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) in losses, leading Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said that will based on its own investigation technology had been stolen by high-level Chinese employees within the research as well as development department as well as leaked to the Chinese government.

“ASML found no hard proof of involvement of the Chinese government,” the newspaper quoted the Veldhoven-based company as saying.