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[ISN] Cisco accused of data theft
By Jim Duffy
March 13, 2013
Cisco is accused of stealing thousands of proprietary and copyrighted data
files from third-party services nemesis Multiven, which filed a complaint
against the company with law enforcement authorities in the U.S. and
Multiven, whose CEO Peter Alfred-Adekeye was at the center of a bizarre
orchestrated arrest episode involving Cisco, accuses Cisco of unauthorized
access by Cisco to Multiven's knowledge base, mysolvr.com, using automated
cyber-scraping software. Multiven alleges Cisco stole thousands of proprietary
and copyrighted data from Multiven's knowledge base on at least four separate
occasions between December 2009 and January 2010.
The company says the incursions "put undue load on Multiven's server resulting
in a degraded service for its legitimate users and customers," and are "clear
violations" of the U.S. federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Computer
Data Access and Fraud Act.
"Multiven's subsequent investigation revealed that the theft involved over
53,000 'requests' that originated from three Internet Protocol ('IP') addresses
assigned to Cisco Systems, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California," the
company states in a press release.
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