" fail completely or not work correctly"
If his scam ran for that many years I wonder if the counterfeits were actually that bad compared to genuine Cisco.
A Florida man has been accused of selling to hospitals, schools, and others fake and malfunctioning Cisco equipment imported from China. Onur Aksoy, 38, of Miami, peddled the fraudulent and counterfeit networking gear via at least 19 of his own companies, and 25 or more storefront accounts he set up on Amazon and eBay, …
On the other hand, if this was the real kit, it was apparently worth a $1B in total and he sold it all for $100million. If buying *anything* new and it's being sold at 10% of retail, you really, really ought to stop and think before buying it. I can only imagine that the very high failure rate means he was replacing failed and DOA kit frequently which might explain his much lower revenue compared to equivalent retail prices. Although that still doesn't explain how he managed this for years. Surely he didn't have many repeat customers.
People would not have realized they bought counterfeit 2960X only until they make attempts to upgrade the IOS of the switch. And this happens very rarely. Why? Because those people who purchased counterfeit switches usually do not have access to the files legally.
Most of the time, people who purchased counterfeit Cisco switches just stick these switches in a dark corner of the office/room after configuring them. And they are in this state for several years.
What is a typical "American" name then? People have been immigrating into the "melting pot" for centuries from all over the world. Many of those "foreign sounding names" (to you) might be 3rd, 4th or more generation citizens for all you know. I'm sure the indigenous peoples think Smith, Jones or Trotts are weird foreign immigrant names too
Florida Man used to be cooler, as per other news ("Florida man run over by van after dog pushes accelerator"), ("Florida man enters wrong home, tries to kick everyone out"), ("Florida man builds mini car for his pet parrot"), ("Florida man mistakes girlfriend for hog, shoots her").
Thousands of people in hospitals could have died when networks went down and they were unable to receive lab tests etc.
Should give him 1yr in prison for every single patient in each hospital at the time the equipment was installed.
Oh thats 30,000 people? well we'll give you 15,000yrs off for good behaviour. And you'll be eligible for parole in just 5000 years!
>Thousands of people in hospitals could have died when networks went down and they were unable to receive lab tests etc.
That's a bit hyperbolic, the typical DA/prosecutor overstatement. The worst that's likely to happen is significant inconvenience. Because....
Any competent IT department will soak test a new unit before deploying it. They're also likely to be particularly careful with used or reconditioned equipment -- it will probably be fine but you don't want to rely on it until its proven. Also there's this entire 'single point of failure' business (see "Rogers").
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