Archive for February 18, 2019

Huawei Accused Of Trying To Steal Secrets From Apple

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 18, 2019 by itnerd

The story of Huawei continues to trend in a direction where it is becoming clear that the company is a very bad actor. Case in point in this report from The Information where it illustrates Huawei’s tactics of stealing trade secrets, a lot of which were aimed at Apple. For example, there’s this about Huawei trying to get details on the Apple Watch:

The Huawei engineer attended the supplier meeting with four Huawei researchers in tow. The Huawei team spent the next hour and a half pressing the supplier for details about the Apple Watch, the executive said.

“They were trying their luck, but we wouldn’t tell them anything,” the executive said. After that, Huawei went silent.

Another alleged tactic is talking to people who formerly worked with Apple or its supply chain. In one case, a person interviewed with Huawei immediately after leaving Apple, only to be repeatedly asked about upcoming products and features. They refused and stopped taking interviews.

It’s pretty clear that Huawei is a bad actor. At this point, the company needs to be punted from every cellular network, Huawei phone products should be banned from sale, and every illegal act that they’ve done prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This sounds really harsh, but every time I turn around, they are just underlining the fact that they should not exist.