FBI seizes $143 million of fake Cisco hardware

FBI seizes $143 million of fake Cisco hardware
FBI seizes $143 million of fake Cisco hardware 

By Grant Gross
07 May 10

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

The DOJ, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement (ICE), and US 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 US from failures associated with counterfeit 
network hardware, including network routers, switches and network cards, 
the agencies said.


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