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Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. says it has fired Yi Bin Zhu, the technical engineer accused of spying on Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. (FNC) and other companies during the Supercomm tradeshow.

Huawei spokesman Richard Li, in an email to Light Reading, confirmed that Zhu had been fired. He declined to make any further comment on the matter.

Zhu had been caught after-hours taking photographs of equipment displayed at FNC's Supercomm booth, as Light Reading first reported on June 24. When caught, Zhu was wearing a name badge with a cleverly altered company name: Weihua. (See Huawei in Spying Flap and Will Spying Charges Hurt Huawei?.)

Show security confiscated several items from Zhu, including Memory Sticks from his digital camera, and a notebook that was packed with hand-drawn diagrams and other data, probably of equipment he'd looked at, according to sources who witnessed the incident.

In June, Zhu spoke to Light Reading, through an interpreter. At the time, he admitted to taking pictures of equipment displayed at FNC's Supercomm booth. An FNC spokesman said Zhu was found taking pictures of a piece of equipment with its cover removed, but Zhu denied having taken circuit boards out of boxes to photograph them.

FNC says it has turned the matter over to the FBI.

Li's email to Light Reading says that Zhu was fired at the end of July. However, Business Week, in its August 9 issue, reported that Zhu was still working at Huawei, but with reduced pay.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, and Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading

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dc_optics 12/5/2012 | 1:21:50 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper That is how this company has gained all their technology. They have to steal to compete. So sad.
OpticOm 12/5/2012 | 1:21:49 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper Reduced pay because he was caught.
Otherwise he would have been promoted...
lrf 12/5/2012 | 1:21:48 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper It is a sad story.
Supercomm is a meeting for suppliers and customers to check each other; it is also a place for all the competitors to check each other and compete. This poor guy has to be caught and fired. It is sad for him.
Any engineer with some technical depth knows that the gut of an optical system is in the system architecture design, in the optical properties of the Tx and Rx, and the complicated firmware. If the IP of a system can be "stolen" by taking a picture, it can be "stolen" as well by looking at. The entry barrier of such system is really too low and it is a shame to show itSupercom. Is it just because a sinking vendor wants to use this incident to blame others? It is sad too for them to do so.
OpticalValueLine 12/5/2012 | 1:21:47 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper Agree to #3. It is a losers' game. Shame on Fujitsu and the poor guy. But more shame on Lightreading for writting up THREE articles on this stupid issue. This industry has been down to this level.
Seven 12/5/2012 | 1:21:44 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper Hawaei, has put the entire industries integrity issues out in the open. What integrity? Well, for those who walk that fine line, beware. Hawaei had no shame in their efforts to compete by copying Product Lines of Nortel, Cisco, and whoever else. Their is certain ethical standards the industry must abide by. Once, that line of trust & integrity is crossed by peers of healthy competition. The copying of competitors efforst to Research & Develop by putting in dollars & time is diminished as an industry all together. Developming Knock offs, are not the way to conduct business in an industry that stives to make advancements not detractions like Hawaei or "Cheaters Of The Insustry". I hope the industry will not tolerate this type of Fraudulent behaviors.
digerato 12/5/2012 | 1:21:43 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper "This poor guy has to be caught and fired. It is sad for him. Any engineer with some technical depth knows that the gut of an optical system is in the system architecture design, in the optical properties of the Tx and Rx, and the complicated firmware. If the IP of a system can be "stolen" by taking a picture, it can be "stolen" as well by looking at."

Well, I'm sure you'll feel the same way when Huawei launches an exact copy of *your* product using the same components and PCB layouts, and firmware that doesn't juse have the same features and CLI as yours, but also the same bugs. Until Cisco sued them, it was possible to pop the lid on a Huawei "Quidway refiner 3600" see that it was a duplicate of the innards of a Cisco 3600, right down to the bugs in IOS. I don't care how you feel about Cisco -- that kind of blatant rip-off is bad for the entire industry.

Of course, if Huawei really is preparing for an IPO, then best to fire the guy. Don't want accusations of being a rip-off merchant taking the shine off the investment bankers' pitch book, do we?

Digerato
jim_smith 12/5/2012 | 1:21:43 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper Until Cisco sued them ...

Didn't Cisco drop the lawsuit recently? If the copying was as blatant as you say it was, why did Cisco drop the lawsuit?

... right down to the bugs in IOS.

What's wrong with copying Cisco's bugs? I thought that was necessary to sell products.
optical 12/5/2012 | 1:21:42 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper Why shame on Fujitsu??? Are you saying that this was okay to do? Where is your sense of what is wrong? I'm more alarmed that we have people out there who don't think this is clearly unacceptable behavior and you want to turn it back on the company (Fujitsu) that was wronged. Shame on you OpticalValueLine!
shenshu 12/5/2012 | 1:21:41 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper I would agree that the practice of stealing and copying competitor's products is no good for the industry as a whole.

However, I recall the history of plunder that lasts ever since human comes to this planet. There was no fair play when western countries started wars to conquer eastern countries. Englishmen ruled India for hundreds of years, and China was invaded by several countries even including Japan.
Wealth were robbed and stealed from these countries without shame.

There will be definitely no fair play when Chinese coming to conquer the economy world.

Want to blame someone? Blame him who created human.
Photon_Got_Mad 12/5/2012 | 1:21:38 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper "That is how this company has gained all their technology."

You must believe that any Chinese achievements in any area is through stealing, including the Atomic bomb, Satallite they launched 30 years ago and all the economic establishment over the last 20 years.

How is your brain that larger and smarter than anybody else?
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