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Huawei in Santa Clara infiltrated summit at Facebook, sent trade secrets to China: lawsuit


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A Bay Area subsidiary of a Chinese firm seen as a national security threat by U.S. officials infiltrated a meeting during a telecommunications summit at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters and sent information to its offices in China, a new lawsuit claims.

 

Jesse Hong says in the lawsuit that he was a software architect for Chinese smartphone giant Huawei’s subsidiary Futurewei Technologies in Santa Clara from 2014 until he was fired in March of this year. He alleges that in 2016, Huawei directed two Futurewei employees to deceive their way into an annual “TIP Summit” for telecommunications companies — most of them startups competing against Huawei — that was held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

 

The alleged infiltration occurred after Facebook had denied Huawei’s request to attend the social networking firm’s closed-door meeting with U.S. companies, according to the suit. Huawei told Hong and two other Futurewei employees to register for the meeting using fake U.S.-company names, Hong claims in the suit, which was filed late last month in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

 

Hong refused to take part, he claims in the suit. So Huawei told Futurewei manager Sean Chen and another employee to use a “front U.S. company name” to “register and infiltrate into the meeting that Facebook had banned it from attending,” according to the suit. Hong “believed that theft of trade secrets and/or transfer of such secrets to Huawei in China was illegal,” the suit said.

 

Huawei has faced trouble in the U.S. starting in 2012 when Congressional investigators determined the company was a threat to U.S. security, that its products could be used for spying and that it “exhibits a pattern of disregard for the intellectual property rights of other entities and companies in the United States.” In December, members of the Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concerns about “Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei’s role in that espionage in particular.” The letter referenced “Huawei’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party, as well as to Chinese intelligence and security services.”

 

Huawei, which did not respond immediately to a request for comment, has denied that the company or its products are a security threat to the U.S.

 

In Hong’s lawsuit, he claims that after Chen and the other employee attended the summit at Facebook, Huawai generated a report — which included plans of Huawei competitors — and sent the information to Huawei product teams in China. The other employee, called only “Sam” in the lawsuit, also used consulting work with U.S. companies to obtain confidential information, and provided it to Huawei, the suit alleges. Hong claims to have “observed Chen and Sam in possession of competitors’ confidential information.”

 

Hong claims he was fired for raising concerns about Huawei’s activities. He is seeking $105 million in damages.

 

Facebook did not immediately provide answers to questions asked by this news organization. The social media giant admitted in June it had shared user data with Huawei and other companies. Huawei said it had never collected or stored Facebook user data.

 

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54 minutes ago, dMog said:

trump will deny this and call it fake news

Why would he?  this just adds fuel to fire to  his trade war even more ..These guys at Huawei will most likely will get charged  with this, if there is any truth to it . At lest it was not some state hackers stealing  it this time.

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53 minutes ago, dMog said:

trump will deny this and call it fake news

Trump is the fake news  ?

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44 minutes ago, BioHazard said:

Trump is the fake news  ?

Anybody says they know what Trump is going to say or do is a lair,  no one knows what hes going to do tell hes does it hes totally hard to read. People who even makes predictions about him are not sure,  they can only say this is the way it may come out, but most of the time it never is that way. I was reading a story on what he may do when he meets Putin  soon it left me more confused on the subject than if i hadn't read it people are just making shit up as they go and don't really know what hes going to do. They same people making predictions about him swore HRC was going to be in office they dont know nothing..( it was fake news).

 

Only thing that most likely will happen will congress will get voted out so he cant do anything more tell hes voted out . If  congress dont get voted  out  in  the mid terms the left winged main stream media  will be the laughing stock of this century . When he meet with China he acted liked he was buddy ,buddy with Xi and he turn around  and started a trade war. no one knows what hes going to do . but one thing is for sure the liberals will do what they do best and cry about it.

 

And it dont matter if what he does is good or bad. If he makes peace with Russia they going says hes a traditor and if he dont they going to say  he failed on one of his campaign promises .

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more importantly.... England will win the semi-final..

 

now that was a smooth move away from one controversy to another controversy if I do say so myself

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All the  companies that agreed to open plants in China today to make stuff for China (Electric Cars)  will most likely have to hand over there trade secrets that's if they can even get trough all the red tape to get the plants started over there. BMW and Tesla,  Its over blown hype because the people that can afford these cars in China are only the rich and they going to pay for these cars regardless of the increased price . Tesla are not even doing very good,  so i dont see how they going afford billions of dollars to build a new plant  . One thing was never talked about was the price and who was going to pay for it. In most of the world you would be laughed at if you try to sell a Electric Car and in China there only luxury items for the filthy rich . My mom didn't even know  who Tesla is  that's how popular they here in the USA were they make these cars and shes been buying cars since the 1960s era . :lol:

 

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