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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