In July, we reported that federal prosecutors detained one man for stealing secrets from the Apple self-driving auto project and attempted to take them to a new job at a Chinese start. This week, another man was arrested in very similar circumstances.
Apple hired Jizhong Chen in June last year to work on a self-driving car project that employs approximately 1,200 people. According to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI, Chen began photographing Apple's confidential information almost instantly. An image from June 20, which was found in Chen's personally owned computer, showed "an Apple-designed wiring harness for an autonomous vehicle."
Apple could not get to the alleged spy activity of Chena until January 11, when another employee Apple found it was about to drag pictures inside Apple's secure desktop. He thought he was suspicious and alerted to Apple's security. Apple investigators talked to Chen and received permission to search for their personal computer, hard disk and smartphone.
They have found more than two thousand Apple's confidential and proprietary files, including manuals, diagrams, and diagrams. "According to the FBI," hundreds of files on the Chenu PC were computer screens with Apple's information on the screen. Some of the photos showed a laptop called "Jizhong" on the label near the screen.
Chen's phone contained 100 pictures taken inside the building where the Apple car project was located.
Apple also found that Chen asked for two jobs outside of Apple, including one in the Autonomous Car Company in China. Chen told Apple that he planned 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 sent a bail of $ 500,000.
Apple is not the only company trying to justify attempts to steal its technology on behalf of Chinese companies. Earlier this week, US prosecutors charged intelligent phone giant Huawei for revealing a robot hand designed by T-Mobile to test smartphones.