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Huawei Technologies and U.S. affiliate indicted for theft of trade secrets, wire fraud

Jaclyn Jaeger | January 29, 2019

In court documents unsealed Jan. 28, a grand jury this month returned a 10-count indictment by two affiliates of Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei Technologies for theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice.

The indictment, returned by a grand jury on Jan. 16, details Huawei’s efforts to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile USA and then obstruct justice when T-Mobile threatened to sue Huawei in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The alleged conduct described in the indictment occurred from 2012 to 2014 and includes an internal Huawei announcement that the company was offering bonuses to employees who succeeded in stealing confidential information from other companies.

According to the indictment, Huawei in 2012 began a concerted effort to steal information on a T-Mobile phone-testing robot, dubbed “Tappy.” To build their own robot to test phones before they were...

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