Another Samsung Electronics employee leaked technology… In-house AI development, etc. | The Dong-A Ilbo

Another case of leakage of semiconductor-related core technology occurred at Samsung Electronics.

According to the industry on the 17th, Samsung Electronics’ Device Solution (DS) division recently fired engineer A for leaking data containing core technology and requested a government agency to investigate.

Mr. A was caught sending dozens of important data, including core technology, to an external personal mail, then sending some of the contents to another external mail account for storage.

Samsung Electronics plans to take tough action through civil and criminal legal measures.

Last year, Samsung Electronics also had a series of information leakage incidents.

Engineer B, who was preparing to move to an overseas company in April of last year, was caught storing hundreds of photos of important data containing national core technologies on the screen while working from home. Mr. B was later confirmed guilty of the crime and handed over to trial while in custody.

Mr. B was sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison, 2 years of probation, and a fine of 10 million won in the first trial, and the second trial is scheduled to proceed in the future.

Mr. C, who was preparing to move to a domestic partner company, was also caught keeping photos of key semiconductor technologies.

Even at that time, Samsung Electronics fired Mr. C and requested a government agency to investigate. Mr. C was sentenced to prison last month by the court. The prosecution has also appealed against this case.

Samsung Electronics has issued a ban on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) ChatGPT in-house and by employees due to concerns about a series of technology leaks. This is because if you enter company internal information into ChatGPT, it is highly likely that it will be used as learning data and leaked to an unspecified number of people.

Additional supplementary measures to block the upload of work-related information and strengthen security are also being reviewed.

In fact, some cases of misuse and abuse have been confirmed in Samsung Electronics’ Device Solution (DS) division, such as uploading the body of an in-house email and inputting the entire internal source code.

Samsung Electronics is in contact with several companies such as Naver to develop its own AI model instead of limiting the use of existing generative AI, which has a high risk of information leakage.

The strategy is to improve work efficiency by using AI to help employees translate, summarize documents, and support software development.


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