An FBI Sting Op Targeted Huawei at CES 2019
U.S. government and law enforcement officials are not the biggest fans of major Chinese tech company Huawei. That’s the furthest thing from breaking news that you’ll probably read today. The rocky relationship goes back seemingly years and includes mandates by the U.S. government to ban Huawei devices at retail and among its employees, an arrest of and indictments against the company’s CFO, and killing negotiations between the smartphone maker and network carriers.
But things took a step towards the extreme recently, according to a really compelling—and telling—report from Bloomberg. The in-depth piece published on Monday details a sting operation that was set up by the FBI and executed during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.
According to the report, the FBI somehow caught wind that Huawei was in early stage negotiations with a small Illinois-based startup regarding that company’s smartphone screens. Adam Khan, the founder of the company Akhan Semiconductor, described his screen tech—known as MIraj Diamond Glass—as being 10 times more scratch resistant than Gorilla Glass, the industry standard when it comes to “indestructible” smart phone screens.