Bitmain Accused of Illegally Hiring Engineering Talent in Taiwan

Prosecutors claim more than 100 engineers were poached by the bitcoin mining company.

Mar 9, 2021 at 5:54 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. UTC

Beijing-based bitcoin mining giant Bitmain is under investigation by Taiwanese authorities for allegedly hiring more than 100 engineers illegally.

  • Bitmain allegedly lured a senior engineer from Taiwan and asked him to persuade his former colleagues to follow, while setting up two companies in Taiwan as foreign investments to attract additional engineering talent.
  • According to a report by Nikkei Asia, engineers were hired at salaries more than twice than those at their previous roles.
  • Businesses in mainland China are not allowed to invest in semiconductor companies or branches of those companies in Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Bitmain did not respond to a request for comment by press time.


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