Monday, November 27, 2023

Tata Code Theft

Richard Speed (via Hacker News):

A jury has sided with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) against Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) over the theft of source code and documentation. A total of $210 million was this week awarded.

According to the verdict [PDF], a Texas jury agreed that TCS had “willfully and maliciously” misappropriated both source and confidential documentation by “improper means,” awarding CSC $140 million in damages, with another $70 million tacked on for TCS’s “unjust enrichment.”

The complaint [PDF] was filed in April 2019 regarding CSC’s VANTAGE-ONE and CyberLife software platforms. CSC had licensed these software platforms to Transamerica Corporation, a life insurance holding company, to whom Tata – used here to collectively refer to Tata Consultancy Services Limited and Tata America International Corporation – began providing maintenance services.


The circumstances got sticky at this point, not least because Tata hired more than 2,000 Transamerica employees. CSC alleged that these former employees had access to its code and documents, and forwarded them on to the Tata BaNCS development team.


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