Agencies seize $78 million in counterfeit Cisco gear

Investigation into imports from China results in more than 400 seizures of hardware

U.S. and Canadian law enforcement authorities have seized more than $78 million worth of counterfeit Cisco Systems Inc. networking equipment in an ongoing investigation into imports from China, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other agencies announced Friday.

The coordinated operation, begun in 2005, has resulted in more than 400 seizures of Cisco hardware and labels, the DOJ said in a news release. The operation targets the illegal importation and sale of counterfeit network hardware such as routers, switches and network cards. One of the operation's goals is to protect the public from network infrastructure failures associated with the counterfeits, the Justice Department said.

"Counterfeit network hardware entering the marketplace raises significant public safety concerns and must be stopped," Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher of the DOJ's criminal division said in a statement. "It is critically important that network administrators in both private-sector and government perform due diligence in order to prevent counterfeit hardware from being installed on their networks."


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