US accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US authorities accused Chinese company Huawei of stealing trade secrets and of helping Iran to spy on protesters, reports Reuters.

Huawei Technologies Co is accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from six US technology companies and violating the racketeering law commonly used to combat organized crime. New allegations of theft of trade secrets relate to the source code of the Internet router, cellular antenna technology and robotics.

The indictment also contains new allegations of Huawei’s business with sanctioned countries. In particular, it says that Huawei installed equipment in Iran that was used to monitor, identify, and detain protesters during anti-government demonstrations in Tehran in 2009.

In addition, the indictment states that Huawei provided banks with false information that it had no operations in North Korea.

The indictment is “part of an attempt to irreparably damage Huawei’s reputation and its business for reasons related to competition, not law enforcement,” the Chinese company said in a statement.

Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer. The US suspects that the PRC government may use the company for covert espionage. However, Beijing and Huawei deny these allegations.

In May last year, the US Department of Commerce decided to put Huawei and its legal entities on the blacklist, limiting their ability to purchase services and components from US companies.


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