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14 May 2010

Corporate identity theft

Computerworld tells us that someone has been trying to flog counterfeit Cisco-branded network equipment to the US Marines:

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 ... There was a 75 percent decrease in seizures of counterfeit network hardware at U.S. borders from 2008 to 2009, CBP 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.

It seems to me the counterfeiters have stolen Cisco's name, trademarks and brands, which in may ways are its identitity, so would you agree that counterfeiting is "corporate identity theft" or am I stretching the analogy too thin?

Regards, Gary

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