Organizing a battle between the US and Huawei continues to grow. Just this week, a Wall Street Journal report revealed that US officials claimed that Huawei has access to mobile networks worldwide, which is used to spy on users' data.
The Chinese tech giant has denied the claims, saying it is "outraged". Now, US prosecutors have accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran monitor protesters.
According to Reuters, those allegations were made in the US lawsuit. against Huawei. New trade secret theft charges accuse telecommunications of stealing trade secrets from six US tech companies. The indictment also alleges that Huawei violated blackmail laws and even helped the Iranian government with surveillance activities all through Tehran's anti-democratic protests in 2009.
The dispute between the US and Huawei started in December 2018 with the arrest of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada. Meng was arrested by the Canadian government for extradition to the United States. The arrest was followed by a US indictment accusing the company and Meng of bank fraud, in violation of sanctions and obstruction of justice.
Now, the new indictment alleges that Huawei violated even more country sanctions and stolen trade secrets. The company was accused of stealing secrets from its competitors, hiring employees from other companies and offering staff bonuses to obtain "confidential information".
As the BBC said, US prosecutors said: "As a result of its campaign to go quietly this technology and intellectual property, Huawei has been able to drastically lower research and development costs and correlated delays, charitable the company a significant and unfair competitive advantage. "