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Taiwanese Cops Raid AMD Chip Thieves

Taiwanese law-enforcement authorities on Dec. 30 raided four businesses suspected of tampering with, or illegally relabeling, AMD processors, AMD officials tell VARBusiness.

"The investigation is ongoing, and we're cooperating with authorities," says AMD spokesperson Cathy Abbinanti. "We're not going to comment on what we believe the origin of the parts was."

The news comes on the heels of reports circulating in the Asian press, which claim that some 60,000 defective processors were stolen from AMD's packaging and assembly plants in Taiwan and were being relabeled by thieves as working chips for sale in Europe.

However, AMD is throwing cold water on those stories.

"The media reports are unsubstantiated and without merit," Abbinanti says. AMD is also declining to link the confirmed raids with the purported thefts.

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