Hot on the heels of us learning that Razer’s booth lost some expensive gear during CES teardown, we hear that automotive A/V device maker Soundstream (subsidiary of Epsilon) suffered the exact same fate. When the company’s representatives showed up Monday morning, one day after CES officially ended, it discovered that its booth had been ransacked:
Epsilon’s VP or Sales and Marketing Paul Goldberg has said, “We are working closely with local authorities and Las Vegas Convention Center staff to make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice”. Further, the company is offering a $10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved.
While opportunity can knock for anyone to be able to pick up a device and run off with it, it seems likely that both Razer’s and Epsilon’s products were stolen for the sole purpose of competitiveness. There’s no better way to imitate a competitor, after all, than to somehow procure one of that competitor’s prototypes. In Epsilon’s case, however, it wasn’t only prototypes that were stolen: 7 items were snatched in total, with 2 of them being conceptualized units.
After we posted about Razer’s incident yesterday, company co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan updated his Facebook post to note that the company is prepared to pay $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
If anyone has information regarding the Razer theft, you can contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org; for Epsilon, contact the company here.
What this says about CES security, we’re not sure. But the Las Vegas Convention Center is littered with cameras, so if either of these culprits go undetected, it will be a little concerning for any other company that exhibits at the show.