Pfizer: an employee took away 12,000 confidential files

Pfizer says a "Coming Soon Former Employee" uploaded more than 12,000 files – including "scores" with confidential information – to his personal Google Drive account and other personal devices, a company lawsuit claims.

The company accused Dr. Chun Xiao Li ("Li") and five potential co-defendants of corporate espionage, saying that Li "decided to leave Pfizer for a competitor believed to be Xenocor, Inc."

Furthermore, Li apparently gave Pfizer a fake laptop, a kind of "bait", to mislead the internal investigators.

Here is an excerpt from the complaint filed by the pharmaceutical company:

If Ms. Li had left Pfizer honorably, she would not have been named in this complaint. But he made a different choice: As he walked out the door, he transferred over 12,000 files, dozens of which contain Pfizer confidential and secret information, to personal accounts and devices, and tried to cover his tracks repeatedly.

It went so far as to provide Pfizer's security team with a decoy laptop, leading Pfizer to believe it was the one it used to download the 12,000 files from its Google Drive account. Forensic analysis confirmed that it was not, and Ms. Li (or someone else, potentially including DOES 1-5) likely remains in possession of the actual computer that contains those 12,000 files.

The lawsuit aims at a temporary restraining order to prevent Li from using, disclosing, transmitting or altering any confidential information he has stolen, under Bloomberg law.

Dr. Li's relationship with Pfizer began in 2006 at their Global Product Development Group in China, before moving to the company's La Jolla, California campus in 2016. She had signed a confidentiality agreement as part of her contract. working.

His alleged theft was first detected as part of routine monitoring of employee activity on corporate devices in October, when he transferred 12,000 files from his Pfizer laptop, according to the complaint.

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