Report: Huawei under criminal investigation for stealing trade secrets

In Warsaw. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty

U.S. authorities are investigating Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, for the alleged theft of the tech behind a T-Mobile robot called “Tappy,” reports WSJ.

“I had heard from the company last year that they bought something from Huawei and were surprised to see their own code in it. This is consistent with Huawei’s past practice, dating back more than a decade ... Stealing IP is part of their DNA.”
— Jim Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies to Axios

The backdrop: T-Mobile first accused Huawei of thievery in 2014, when the American company had hired the Chinese one to supply phones for its network.

Huawei founder says company does not spy for China

Huawei founder with translation headset on
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei denied accusations on Tuesday that the company is being used by the Chinese government to spy on other nations, the Financial Times reports.

The big picture: Zhengfei's daughter and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada last month and faces extradition to the U.S. for violating sanctions on Iran, which has caused the Chinese government to pressure Canada for her release. Last week, a Huawei executive was arrested in Poland after allegedly spying for China’s secret service — and promptly fired by the telecom giant amid intensified Western scrutiny.

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