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Former engineer who sued Cisco now faces criminal charges

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | April 20, 2011
A one-time Cisco engineer who had sued his former employer, alleging it monopolized the business of servicing and maintaining Cisco equipment, has been charged by U.S. authorities with hacking.

Neither Alfred-Adekeye nor Multiven could immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, but according to the Vancouver Sun, his attorney claimed in court Monday that Cisco and the U.S. Department of justice colluded to arrest him during his deposition.

In an e-mail, a Cisco spokeswoman said Tuesday, "We strongly disagree with the majority of the content in [the Vancouver Sun] article," adding that "the extradition is a matter between the two governments."

After Multiven sued Cisco, the networking giant filed countersuits against Multiven, Alfred-Adekeye, and Pingsta, another company founded by Alfred-Adekeye. Multiven provides service and support for networking gear from multiple vendors. Pingsta advertises itself as an online platform for companies to hire engineers and buy cloud-based network expertise on a pay-per-use basis.

The companies settled their civil lawsuits in July 2010, a few months after Alfred-Adekeye's arrest. Both sides dropped their claims and the companies paid their own legal costs.

 

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