A group of Chinese hardware pirates have created a group of factories, a sales force, and even a line of products all under the NEC moniker. Not only did their representatives carry NEC business cards, they:
n the name of NEC, the pirates copied NEC products, and went as far as developing their own range of consumer electronic products - everything from home entertainment centers to MP3 players. They also coordinated manufacturing and distribution, collecting all the proceeds.
If you really think about it, was really the perfect scam. Microsoft has a number of physical anti-piracy measures in place and the current stature of NEC in the market makes it a great patsy.