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Huawei Indicted on Racketeering Conspiracy, Trade Secret Theft

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Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies and two of its U.S.-based subsidiaries have been indicted on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to steal intellectual property from U.S. technology firms, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The indictment disclosed Thursday was filed in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., against Huawei and its U.S. businesses Huawei Device USA and Futurewei Technologies.

Federal prosecutors said Huawei and its subsidiaries gained access to non-public IP about internet-router source code, cellular antenna technology and robotics, allowing them to reduce costs and avoid delays in research-and-development work.

The indictment also includes claims about the Chinese firm’s involvement in Iran, North Korea and other countries that are subject to U.S. economic sanctions.

Huawei said the allegations were unfair and unfounded. The indictment came days after U.S. officials claimed that Huawei uses “back doors” to covertly access mobile phone networks worldwide.