Ford Sues Car Equipment Co. For Hacking, Copying Database

By Jeff Sistrunk (September 29, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT) -- Ford Motor Co. sued vehicle diagnostic equipment company Autel US Inc. and an affiliate on Monday in Michigan federal court, alleging Autel had hacked into one of Ford's software programs and copied information for use in its diagnostic tools.

In a 19-page complaint, Ford claimed Huntington, New York-based Autel had crafted a program to unlawfully gain access to and copy its trade secrets and used Ford's signature "Oval" trademark without its authorization or a license.

"By wrongfully acquiring Ford's trade secrets, by misappropriating them for Autel's own use, and by the related wrongdoing, Autel has received a benefit from Ford," attorneys for...

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