Oracle case just one example of corporate spying trend

High-tech companies are resorting to James Bond tactics more and more to get the dirt on competitors.

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From pilfered customer lists to stolen trade secrets, Oracle's garbage-grabbing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corporate espionage.

"The Spartans and Athenians went through each other's garbage 1,000 years ago--that's nothing new."

- Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America


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