Stole Apple's core technology and want to return to China for higher education? Arrested by the FBI before boarding, ruining oneself and even ruining the reputation of the Chinese!
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested and prosecuted former Apple employee Zhang Xiaolang (XiaoLang Zhang) this week for stealing trade secrets. This Silicon Valley Chinese engineer used to work as a core technician at Apple. When he left his job and turned to another domestic technology company,
FBI agents on SaturdayCapture him. Zhang Xiaolang had already purchased The ticket is going through security.
Because of his position, Zhang Xiaolang can obtain "extensive internal security and confidential database access rights", which includes
In April 2018, Zhang Xiaolang asked for family leave from Apple because of the birth of a child. During this period, he had been to China. Soon after, he asked his supervisor to resign and moved to a company called
Zhang Xiaolang’s superiors were suspicious of his deliberate avoidance at the company’s regular meetings. At the request of the management, Apple’s newly established Product Security Team launched an investigation into Zhang Xiaolang, mainly looking at his resignation. Shi also gave the company 2 iPhones and 1 laptop for work.
After the incident, the Apple Product Security Department approached Zhang Xiaolang for an interview. Zhang XiaolangFrom the lab , And hardware devices including a Linux server and several circuit boards.
Zhang Xiaolang transferred the downloaded data to his wife’s computer, where,After the investigation, Apple passed all the evidence to the FBI. The FBI stated in court documents that this information
It is understood that if employees want to access sensitive data like "Titan", they must log in to Apple's VPN virtual private network and must be granted the "information disclosure" permission, and this state requires another employee to conduct a double review. Approximately 5000 Apple employees have access to data on Apple’s autonomous driving, and the database accessed by Zhang XiaolangTo access.
When hired by Apple, Zhang Xiaolang signedAnd participated in a . Due to the alleged theft of Apple’s trade secrets,
In response to this incident of Zhang Xiaolang stealing trade secrets, Apple has a very strict attitude, not only internal investigations, but also notified the FBI. It is said that shortly after Zhang Xiaolang was suspected of stealing secrets, Apple issued a warning to employees to remind them not to disclose data. In the letter, Apple stated,
Apple also announced to the media: "Apple attaches great importance to confidentiality and protection of our intellectual property rights. We are cooperating with relevant departments and will do everything possible to ensure that this person and other related personnel are responsible for their actions.
This incident also caused strong repercussions in the Chinese community in Silicon Valley. Zhang Xiaolang's behavior will make the R&D departments of more high-tech companies dare not use Chinese, and Chinese people face greater pressure to survive in Silicon Valley.