By Roger Fingas
Monday, February 18, 2019, 07:27 am PT (10:27 am ET)
China's Huawei uses "dubious" tactics to try to reverse engineer technology from Apple and other competitors in the electronics market, a report charged on Monday.
In the month of November, for a Huawei engineer heading up the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor, The information said. About the Apple Watch, anonymous executive at the supplier said.
The engineer was interviewed and asked about the watch. With nothing Huawei went silent.
Huawei has reportedly used similar tactics against companies like Cisco, Motorola, and Akhan Semiconductor. The U.S. Huawei has a program that rewards employees for stealing data.
An earlier Apple-related incident, Huawei copying a 2016 connector design used to make the MacBook Pro anonymous while linking the display to the logic board. Huawei's 2018 MateBook Pro, Somewhere Eliminated by Apple's Implementation in Huawei's 2018 MateBook Pro. Eventually the company found a willing partner.
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. They refused and stopped taking interviews.
"Apple, they were in hiring me," the person explained.
Huawei has become the center of a maelstrom surrounding the Chinese government's business policies. The company is believed to have governmental ties, which has led to calls in the U.S. 5G infrastructure. Chinese operations have regularly conducted cyber attacks in the U.S.
Huawei and its CFO, Wanzhou Meng, have recently been hit with a barrage of U.S. charges accusing it of bank fraud, wire fraud, violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. T-Mobile phone-testing robot. Theft of trade secrets on the docket.
Legal action has only been worsened relations between the two countries, which were initiated in the middle of a trade. President Donald Trump. Among other demands, Trump has called on China to better protect the intellectual property of foreign firms.