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    Secretive Magic Leap Says Ex-Engineer Copied Headset for China

    Magic Leap Inc., a U.S. startup that makes a headset to project digital objects onto the real world, accused one of its former engineers of stealing its technology to create his own augmented reality device for China.

    In a lawsuit filed Monday, Magic Leap alleges that Chi Xu, who left in 2016, exploited its confidential information to “quickly develop a prototype of lightweight, ergonomically designed, mixed reality glasses for use with smart phones and other devices that are strikingly similar” to the Florida-based startup’s designs.

    The lawsuit marks the latest accusation from an American firm of intellectual property theft by Chinese companies, a perennial sore point that’s helped escalate tensions between the world’s two largest economies. With more than $2 billion in financing, Magic Leap is one of the better-funded startups delving into so-called augmented or mixed reality, a technology that gives users the illusion that fantastical, three-dimensional digital objects exist in the physical world.

    Xu, who founded Beijing-based Hangzhou Tairuo Technology Co., also known as Nreal, unveiled his own augmented reality glasses at a major Las Vegas trade show in January, touting them as lighter than the Magic Leap One, Forbes has reported.

    Apart from Magic Leap, Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are also developing products for virtual or augmented reality. It remains to be seen whether anyone can turn the area into a big money-spinner.

    Magic Leap released its headset last August after seven years of secretive work and more than $2 billion of investment. The startup alleges that Xu plotted during his roughly 13 months working there to launch his own competing company in China and “neglected his work duties” to acquire proprietary information.

    “Whereas Nreal purported to develop its Nreal Light product in under two years, Magic Leap developed its technology after extensive investment of time (multiple years), money (hundreds of millions of dollars spent on research and development) and human resources (hundreds of engineers),” according to the complaint.

    Xu is accused in the suit of breach of contract, fraud and unfair competition. Nreal is also named as a defendant. Representatives at Nreal had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, while Xu did not respond to a message sent to his LinkedIn account.

    The case is Magic Leap Inc. v. Xu, 19-cv-03445, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

    — With assistance by Zheping Huang
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    MFSocket: A Chinese surveillance tool

    It is well known that China spies on its fellow citizens. In this article I will tell you the story of an Android application called MFSocket, a new monitoring tool made in China. This tool allows the police to extract from the victim’s phone a lot of data such as calendar events, SMS, MMS, videos, contacts, Telegram contacts, …

    The Story
    On June 21, 2019 Muyi Xiao, a Chinese journalist, posted on Twitter a thread on an Android application called MFSocket. On Chinese social networks people started to report about police checking people’s phones in Beijing and Shanghai and she decided to investigate.

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    Indeed by searching ‘MFSocket’ on Google I find this type of report:
    - “When the police check the phone, it will be installed for you: Mfsocket”
    - “Yesterday, the company asked us to go to the police station, and then the police installed a software called MFsocket. I thought it was monitoring software!”

    In her thread, Muyi mentioned the company behind MFSocket. She found a troubleshoot guide which link the app to a company called Meiya Pico.

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    Meiya Pico is not a new player. In two excellent articles, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal exposed them as a Chinese firm who sell forensics products to the Chinese authorities.

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    Important info from the troubleshoot guide. The police seems to use Windows to operate the app. Interesting, we will use this info later.

    Muyi did a fantastic journalistic job, now it’s time to do my job. Am I able to technically confirm what she found? What are the technical capabilities of MFSocket?

    Technical Analysis
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    The first task was to find a sample of the app. I searched “MFSocket” on Koodous and I got 48 different samples.

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    After building an Android app, the developer must sign his app with his own certificate. You can consider the certificate as the company identity card. In this case, 3 different certificates were used to sign MFSocket which is unusual.
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    Going only with the titles. Woman who has a hidden camera detector is ensuring SHE isn't being spied on. This is just opsec.

    Does not necessarily make her a spy if she is paranoid about her privacy.

    So then people reflexively say, if you got nothing to hide.....

    Think about that for a second.

    You are inverting the innocent until proven guilty principle. If you gotta spy on the guests then you don't trust the guests to start with.

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