back to article Fake Cisco box pushers cuffed by Intellectual Property Police

A London-based criminal outfit suspected of flogging $10m (£6.6m) in counterfeit Cisco networking gear to the US has been arrested by the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). Three men aged 38, 36 and 35, were arrested last week by City police on suspicion of running the counterfeit business. An …

  1. Anonymous Blowhard

    "potentially compromising integrity and functionality including significant network outages”

    Are they saying that "significant network outages" are part of the "functionality" that will be compromised?

  2. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese Silver badge

    "significant network outages" *that's* where Virgin Media have been getting their kit from

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "An estimated $1m (£656m) in suspected counterfeit goods was seized."

    How do you value counterfeit goods? At the price of the real thing? At the "back of a lorry" price they were being flogged at? The market price you'd get for them as not the real thing? Or do you just think of a nice round number call it job done?

  4. Alister Silver badge

    That's intellectual-property police, not intellectual property-police

    Thanks for the clarification, I was taken aback by the use of "intellectual" and "police" in the same breath...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: intellectual property police

      The intellectual property police are easy to spot - they hand around in threes

      One to read

      One to write

      And one to keep an eye on two dangerous intellectuals

  5. Oh Matron! Silver badge

    Exchange rates

    An estimated $1m (£656m)

    That's one hell of an exchange rate for the 'mericans

  6. Sanctimonious Prick
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    "It has funds of £3m until 2017."

    Doubt we'll be hearing much more from them!

  7. raving angry loony

    Real reason?

    Is the reason they were arrested that they were selling fake kit, or because by selling it the NSA didn't know to intercept it and install the government-mandated spy firmware, etc. that they've been inserting into "real" Cisco (and other) boxes?

  8. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

    I wonder what 'fake CISCO kit' is?

    It might be a box with a Cisco sticker on it, but with completely different cheap low-quality insides.

    Or it might be a Cisco unit made by the same factory which makes Cisco kit in China, but one which was made in excess of their order and then sold by the factory without Cisco getting paid a license fee.

    Or one of several other combinations...

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