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[ISN] Cisco accused of data theft



https://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/031313-cisco-multiven-267658.html

By Jim Duffy
Network World
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 Switzerland.

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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