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digerato
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digerato,
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12/5/2012 | 1:31:01 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
Huawei used to buy at least one of a competitor's product before duplicating it, but it seems that they now want to avoid even that expense.

Or perhaps this was just another "rogue employee".

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vapa
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12/5/2012 | 1:31:00 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
This is definitely new low for Huawei. And to let these guy compete internationally with other companies who spend tons of money on R&D (in-house or through acquisitions)..... Tsk, tsk, tsk..... When will China learn to play fair? Before it was designer knockoffs, now world-class telecom gear knowoffs. I wonder how much money is being lost to those knockoffs (both in fashion industry and telecom). Isn't there international court system somewhere?

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12/5/2012 | 1:31:00 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
"He says this is his first time traveling outside of China and he was not aware that photography was prohibited on the Supercomm show floor."

He didn't know he wasn't allowed to sneak around after hours, going to various booths, pulling boards out of chassis (probably without static protection) to take pictures and take notes.



opticalwatcher
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12/5/2012 | 1:31:00 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
The spying threat used to be the Russians and Americans trying to discover each other's military secrets. This is a new era where governments are using their spies to help out national industries.

The head of the French equivalent of the CIA was the first to announce this policy about 10 years ago.

Modern day James Bond's are now found at tradeshows! I certainly hope that the Supercomm folks have contacted the FBI.
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cyber_techy,
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12/5/2012 | 1:31:00 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
Not sure what would someone accomplish by taking a few pictures. It usually does not tell you anything other than blinking LEDs. Of course I am not sure how advanced these cameras are.



Sources close to the situation say the Huawei worker was caught at a competitor's booth where he was examining circuit boards taken from the vendor's displayed gear and taking photographs of the company's products.

Supercomm security was called and the vendor confiscated the Huawei worker's camera Memory Sticks and took photocopies of his passport, visa, and several pages of notes. On the worker's exhibitor badge, the company's name was listed as "Weihua," what one vendor described as an attempt to obscure his employer. Supercomm management stripped the worker of his credentials and told him to leave the area.

The employee -- a technical engineer named Yibin Zhu -- says the incident is a misunderstanding. Zhu spoke to Light Reading through an interpreter on Thursday at Huawei's Supercomm meeting room. He says this is his first time traveling outside of China and he was not aware that photography was prohibited on the Supercomm show floor.

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12/5/2012 | 1:30:59 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
"The head of the French equivalent of the CIA..." There's a contradiction in terms, isn't it!
digerato
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digerato,
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12/5/2012 | 1:30:59 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
"Not sure what would someone accomplish by taking a few pictures. It usually does not tell you anything other than blinking LEDs. Of course I am not sure how advanced these cameras are."

Dude, he was pulling cards out of the chassis, removing any covering or mechanical stuff that got in the way, and photographing the circuit boards.

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12/5/2012 | 1:30:59 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
I think Lightreading should reveal the other party's name too. This way it sounds like a fare news.
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12/5/2012 | 1:30:59 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
This is just plain silly. If you consider the fact that Huawei could easily hire someone in the U.S. with the knowledge and skills to match whatever this employee's curiosity was, they have got to be more emabarrassed than anything!
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12/5/2012 | 1:30:58 AM
re: Huawei in Spying Flap
I really like chinese engineers; however, it is a part of the culture, I guess. Stealing intelectual property is absolutely normal in China.
One of my previous companies was involved in a famous excident. The chineese engineer stole designs and drawings from his large company to join our startup. FBI has been looking for him for last 6 years or so.

Normal component/module companies never send any samples to Huawei, even hermetically packaged.
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