1 Introduction Sponsored School. Keywords Nation-state cyber espionage, cyber war, United States, China, Russia, cyber spying, Stuxnet, Titan Rain, international cyber law Table of Contents. According to the report, the main reason for the attacks is corporate espionage among other motives like information theft and hacktivism. This paper will also analyze how cyber espionage is affecting the world today and describe some possible methods for nation-states to protect themselves against cyber attacks. The mining industry is both a geopolitical and an economic target, as the data stolen through commercial espionage can have devastating effects on the targeted firm's operations, finances, and market standing, as well as detrimental consequences on the … According to the report, the main reason for the attacks is corporate espionage among other motives like information theft and hacktivism. The U.S. federal law that governs corporate espionage is the Economic Espionage Act of 1996.. In many cases, corporate espionage remains a crime of opportunity, undertaken by disgruntled insiders who happen to have natural access to information of value– and a motive to take it to the competition.