Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on Unanimous Court of Appeals Decision in People v. Aleynikov

May 3, 2018

“This unanimous decision makes abundantly clear that unlawful appropriation of intellectual property is a crime, whether that information is obtained by traditional or more modern means. In a city where bright ideas are prized and fiercely safeguarded, my Office is committed to protecting valuable, proprietary information and will hold accountable those who engage in theft. Since 2010, my Office’s Cybercrime & Identity Theft Bureau has developed the expertise and technology to become a national leader in cybercrime prosecution and to protect New York’s standing as a 21st-century marketplace where ideas enjoy the full protection of law. I thank our prosecutors for their work at every stage of this significant and complex case.”