Yowza. I know movies may make people think this kind of thing happens a lot, they don't, and this is crazy. People may get canned for "stealing" ip, but usually this is due to a simple mistake or misunderstanding of what skills and knowledge from their last job they are allowed to carry over. Blatant theft like this (if that is what this is) is spooky.
And surprising that it didn't happen in China too.