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DOJ discloses U.S. convictions for sale of counterfeit networking hardware




DOJ discloses U.S. convictions for sale of counterfeit networking hardware
DOJ discloses U.S. convictions for sale of counterfeit networking hardware



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9176412/DOJ_discloses_U.S._convictions_for_sale_of_counterfeit_networking_hardware 

By Grant Gross
IDG News Service
May 6, 2010

U.S. agencies targeting the sale of counterfeit networking hardware have 
gotten 30 felony convictions, including a man attempting to sell fake 
networking equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps, and seized $143 million 
worth of fake Cisco hardware, the U.S. Department of Justice said on 
Thursday.

The DOJ, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
have conducted Operation Network Raider, which has made 700 separate 
seizures of networking equipment since 2005, the DOJ said.

In addition to the convictions and seizures, nine people are facing 
trial and another eight defendants are awaiting sentencing, the agencies 
said. There was a 75 percent decrease in seizures of counterfeit network 
hardware at U.S. borders from 2008 to 2009, CBP said.

Operation Network Raider seeks to protect computer networks and IT 
infrastructure in the U.S. from failures associated with counterfeit 
network hardware, including network routers, switches and network cards, 
the agencies said.

On Thursday, Ehab Ashoor, 49, a Saudi citizen residing in Sugarland, 
Texas, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern 
District of Texas to just over four years in prison and ordered to pay 
$119,400 in restitution to Cisco Systems. On Jan. 22, a jury found 
Ashoor guilty of charges related to trafficking in counterfeit Cisco 
products, the DOJ said.

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