Last July we reported that federal prosecutors arrested a man for stealing the secret from Apple's auto-drive project and attempting to take them to a new job in Chinese startup. This week, another man was arrested under very similar circumstances.
Apple in June last year hired Jizhong Chen to work on his automotive project, which drives about 1,200 people. According to the criminal report filed by the FBI, Chen immediately began to photograph confidential Apple information. Figure of June 20 found on Chen's personal computer showed a "cable bundle designed by Apple for an autonomous vehicle".
Apple did not capture Chen's alleged spy activities until January 11, when another Apple employee noticed that he shot photos inside a secure Apple workstation. He thought he was suspicious and alerted to Apple's security. Apple investigators talked to Chen and provided permission to inspect his personal computer, hard drive, and smartphone.
They found "more than two thousand files containing confidential and proprietary Apple materials, including manuals, schemas, and diagrams." According to the FBI, "hundreds of files on Chen's personal computer were screenshots of computers with Apple information on the screen. Some photos showed a laptop with the name" Jizhong "on the sticker near the screen."
Chen's phone contained 100 photos taken in the building where Apple's auto-project is located.
Apple also found that Chen applied for two jobs outside of Apple, including one in an automobile company in China. Chen told Apple he plans to travel to China to visit his sick father.
But before he could get on the plane, he was arrested. A few days later he was released after he deposited a $ 500,000 bail.
Apple is not the only company that defends itself from apparent attempts to steal its technology on behalf of Chinese companies. Earlier this week, US prosecutors filed an indictment against smart giant Huawei for stealing a robotic arm designed by T-Mobile to test smartphones.