The U.S. government expanded its year-old lawsuit against Chinese tech firm Huawei, alleging the company conducted cyber espionage on six American competitors in an attempt to steal trade secrets to gain an unfair advantage.

Filed in the federal court’s Southern District in Brooklyn, the indictment charges that Huawei’s activities violated racketeering laws by illegally gaining an advantage related to Internet routers and antennas. The suit states that the company’s employees were incentivized with bonuses if they obtained confidential information.

Huawei denies the charges on its website, calling the indictment “political persecution, plain and simple” that don’t reveal anything new and are based largely on “civil disputes from the last 20 years that have been previously settled, litigated, and in some cases, rejected by federal judges and juries.”

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