Ex-SoftBank employee arrested over alleged unlawful switch of 5G information

A former worker of SoftBank Corp was arrested Tuesday for illegally taking data from the main Japanese wi-fi provider on its ultrafast 5G know-how earlier than shifting to a smaller rival firm, police stated.

The arrest of Kuniaki Aiba, who at present works for wi-fi operator Rakuten Cell Inc., comes amid intensifying competitors amongst cell corporations in Japan due partly to the federal government’s strain to chop subscription charges.

Whereas Japan’s three main cell carriers — SoftBank, NTT Docomo and KDDI — launched 5G companies, which allow the transmission of film and different giant capability knowledge at a quicker pace than the 4G system, in March final yr, Rakuten Cell joined the race in September and nonetheless lags behind its larger rivals.

Aiba, 45, is suspected of getting transferred commerce secrets and techniques from SoftBank by emailing data on the corporate’s 5G know-how to his personal account on Dec. 31, 2019, when he was nonetheless working for the corporate, in violation of Japan’s unfair competitors prevention legislation, in keeping with Tokyo police.

Quickly after, he left SoftBank and joined the cell enterprise unit of e-commerce big Rakuten Inc., in keeping with investigative sources.

The police didn’t reveal whether or not Aiba has admitted to the allegations.






12日、不正競争防止法違反の疑いで逮捕されたソフトバンク元社員が、5Gの機密情報を持ち出した翌日、競合企業に転職していたことが明らかになりました。
 12日、ソフトバンク元社員で、楽天モバイル社員の合場邦章容疑者(45)が、不正競争防止法違反の疑いで逮捕されました。
 合場容疑者は、まさに5G戦争を揺るがしかねない“産業スパイ”に手を染めたとみられています。
 元々、ソフトバンクの社員だった合場容疑者は当時5Gなど、通信ネットワークの構築に関わる部署にいました。
 2019年の大みそか、合場容疑者は自宅からソフトバンクのサーバーにアクセスし、メールで機密情報を入手したとみられています。
 そして翌日、2020年の元日に競合企業の楽天モバイルに転職したのです。

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