BREAKING NEWS: New Stealing Charges Laid Against Huawei
New stealing charges have been laid against Huawei who is still being supported in Australia by carriers such as Optus and TPG, who are openly installing the Chinese Companies routers into homes and businesses.
Overnight the US slapped a new lawsuit on Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giant of a “decades-long” plan to steal technology from US firms, their gear has also been described as a security risk by the Australian Government who has banned the Company from being a supplier in the role out of 5G networks in Australia.
Prosecutors said Huawei had violated the terms of partnerships with US companies and stolen trade secrets such as source code and robot technology.
Linked with the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Liberation Army, who saw four of their officers charged this week by US authorities after being accused of hacking information and debt tracking Company Equifax, Huawei has been accused of violating US sanctions and stealing technology from T-Mobile.
This is the same Company that Huawei cuddled up to to get them to sell their Huawei smartphones which have also been described as a major security risk for owners.
The BBC said that Meng Wanzhou, its chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, is still being held in Canada where she is fighting extradition to the US.
She is wanted there on charges of fraud and sanctions violations.
In the updated indictment, the US accuses Huawei of racketeering and trade secret theft and gives more detail about the firm’s efforts to evade US rules on doing business with Iran and North Korea.
Prosecutors also said Huawei offered bonuses to staff who obtained “confidential information” from its competitors.
“As a consequence of its campaign to steal this technology and intellectual property, Huawei was able to drastically cut its research and development costs and associated delays, giving the company a significant and unfair competitive advantage,” prosecutors said.
The Financial Times claims that the US first announced charges against Huawei a year ago, accusing it of stealing technology from T-Mobile, the US telecoms company, and of violating sanctions against Iran. The DoJ also accused Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer and daughter of the founder Ren Zhengfei, of making false statements about the company’s business dealings in Iran.
The US filed indictment says that in an interview in 2007, Individual-1 falsely told FBI agents in New York that Huawei complied with all US sanctions laws and that it had won a lawsuit against an unnamed company over accusations of technology theft.
The DoJ would not say whether Individual-1 referred to Mr Ren and it was not immediately clear whether it was a reference to him. It did not comment on the identity of the five companies involved.
From public information, however, the details of the technology theft accusations appear to correlate to previous allegations lodged by well-known US technology companies.
The US alleges, for example, that starting in 2000, Huawei stole source code for internet routers from “Company 1”. Cisco took the Chinese company to court in 2003 for doing exactly that, in a lawsuit which the US company eventually dropped. Cisco declined to comment on the latest DoJ charges.
Huawei has said it received the source code from a third party, and that it was openly available on the internet. Cisco continues to dispute that.
In another accusation, US officials detail how a Huawei employee was discovered, during a trade show in 2004 in Chicago, going to a rival company’s booth in the middle of the night and taking photographs of the circuitry inside a networking device. This individual wore a badge listing his employer as “Weihua”, according to the charge.
The details of the accusation fit those previously published in The Wall Street Journal of a Huawei employee being discovered at a 2004 trade show with a notebook containing diagrams and data belonging to AT&T, the US telecoms company. AT&T did not respond to a request to comment.
Huawei said at the time the incident was an “unfortunate misunderstanding”.
The US has pushed partners such as the UK to ban Huawei technology from their networks, maintaining the company’s equipment could be used for spying by China.
Despite the pressure, the UK last month announced it would continue using Huawei technology in its growing 5G networks, but with restrictions.
As expected, Huawei has denied the charges.