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Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper

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Light Reading
8/17/2004

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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digerato
digerato
12/5/2012 | 1:21:37 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
"Didn't Cisco drop the lawsuit recently? If the copying was as blatant as you say it was, why did Cisco drop the lawsuit?"

No, Huawei *settled* the lawsuit. They dropped the hardware, removed the IOS code they'd copied, and generally did everything Cisco had demanded.

Doesn't look good for an IPO if you're being sued for copying someone's box...

"What's wrong with copying Cisco's bugs? I thought that was necessary to sell products."

This perennial whine has nothing to do with product bugs that are the result of cut-and-pasting the original Cisco code, warts and all.

Cheers,

Digerato
yikes_stripes
yikes_stripes
12/5/2012 | 1:21:36 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
PGM, they got all that tech from the Russians during the Cold War, dude!
Balet
Balet
12/5/2012 | 1:21:35 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
I don't understand why everyone is so much against of what Huawei did or does.
As far as I know many telecom companies, especially in component/subsystem world go to Huawei to happily give their samples to "tier 1 customer", finding later that some small chinese outfit manufacture their products in 3 months for Huwaei.
There is nothing wrong with that for Huawei, since it is a part of the culture. It's OK to do that! It is not against any moral standards.

I suggest to US companies to stop shipping anything to Huawei and talking to them. Then, may be the reverse engineering will slow down.
Photon_Got_Mad
Photon_Got_Mad
12/5/2012 | 1:21:33 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
"they got them from the good old USA"
"Ooh, No? they must got it from the Russians!"

"Ooh, No? at that time they were under USSR blockade? Well, they must got it from the Marsians"

"China will never have the brain power to develop a transport or data product, I am sure!"
telecomvalleydotnet
telecomvalleydotnet
12/5/2012 | 1:21:32 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
I'm amazed at the fact that nobody can spell correctly on this board.
Balet
Balet
12/5/2012 | 1:21:32 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
yikes_stripes wrote: "PGM, they got all that tech from the Russians during the Cold War, dude!"

As far as I remember the word China was not allowed in USSR from early 70s till late 80s.
I also believe that it was hard to get any tech from russians. Russian state of telecom sucked during the Cold War. Only the weakest students were sent to telecom schools.
Balet
Balet
12/5/2012 | 1:21:32 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
"I'm amazed at the fact that nobody can spell correctly on this board"

I wonder if it is a common trend among telecom people, not just this board:)
Balet
Balet
12/5/2012 | 1:21:32 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
You really got mad!
watcher10
watcher10
12/5/2012 | 1:21:29 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
You were obviously educated in China.

In the 1950s, the USSR provided China with a
research nuclear reactor. The USSR also built
and designed the facilities that China
used to both process and enrich uranium. The
USSR also provided a large number of scientific
advisors to China who transfered most of the
technology needed for nuclear weapons.

Nuclear assistance to China continued until 1959
or 1960. Without the assistance of the soviet
union, China's nuclear program would have taken
many more years to build a bomb.

Balet
Balet
12/5/2012 | 1:21:27 AM
re: Huawei Fires Supercomm Snooper
Sorry,

What helps a lot if people site the one they reply to, right?
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