There is fake Cisco equipment traffic. In Florida, a certain Onur Aksoy, 38, has just been arrested for importing counterfeit Cisco networking equipment from China and reselling it online under forty-four wholesale brands that he invented from scratch and whose twenty-five were relayed on Amazon and eBay.
Network equipment, low-end products, was labeled as high-end Cisco devices, but with a price 60-80% cheaper. Its traffic began in 2014 and it is not known exactly how many coins it sold. A priori, this traffic was confined to the USA.
Customs officers seized 860 counterfeit devices with a total value, according to the criminal’s tariffs, of more than $5 million. Another 1,156 counterfeit products, worth more than $7 million, were also seized from his home. The American authorities estimate that this traffic brought him a profit of approximately 100 million dollars for a turnover of approximately 1 billion dollars.
Among the buyers who have been cheated, the investigators have identified computer dealers, hospitals, schools, administrations and even the American army.
Onur Aksoy, who also went by the name Dave Durden, used pirated Cisco software to circumvent automated hardware licensing and authentication checks. He was supported by a company registered in Bolivia that had the ability to verify on Cisco’s Smart Net warranty program that his fake serial numbers did not match real devices already on the market.
Poor quality software and components used in counterfeit products have also caused various problems for their users. Devices worked for a while, then suddenly froze or wouldn’t turn on. For some customers, breakdowns and malfunctions have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages, in particular spent on restarting a functional network.
Onur Aksoy was arrested in Miami on June 29. He faces one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and mail and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods.