A former Apple employee admitted to stealing the company’s trade secrets

2018 Xiaolong Zhang, a former Apple employee at San Jose International Airport, while about to fly to China, after passing through a layover The security inspector was arrested. Zhang is accused of transferring a 25-page document containing the engineering schematics of the company's self-driving cars, along with technical instructions for prototypes of these products, to his wife's laptop. Among his other accusations, we can mention the theft of circuit boards and Linux servers from the laboratories of this company. According to CNBC, Zhang has now pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets in San Jose federal court.

BingMag.com A former Apple employee admitted to stealing the company’s trade secrets

2018 Xiaolong Zhang, a former Apple employee at San Jose International Airport, while about to fly to China, after passing through a layover The security inspector was arrested. Zhang is accused of transferring a 25-page document containing the engineering schematics of the company's self-driving cars, along with technical instructions for prototypes of these products, to his wife's laptop. Among his other accusations, we can mention the theft of circuit boards and Linux servers from the laboratories of this company. According to CNBC, Zhang has now pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets in San Jose federal court.

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This news organization has shared a court document in which a summary of the proceedings of this accused is written. Zhang initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. But according to court documents released yesterday, he reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty. His confession has been signed and the court verdict will be announced on November 14. This crime can bring him up to ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Before his arrest, Zhang worked as a hardware engineer in Apple's self-driving car department and was part of the design and testing team. The circuit boards were for the sensors. As the CNBC report also pointed out, circuit boards are usually considered among the most valuable trade secrets in the field of electronics. Apparently, Apple first suspected theft from the company when Zhang announced his resignation after taking time off to visit his parents and travel to China. Zhang told Apple that the reason for his resignation was to take care of his mother in China.

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BingMag.com A former Apple employee admitted to stealing the company’s trade secrets

Zhang also told the company that he plans to work with XPeng Motors, a Chinese self-driving electric car startup. His access to Apple resources was cut off after his resignation was confirmed, and an investigation into his culpability followed soon after. Through this investigation, Apple found out that Zhang had stolen confidential information related to the company's hardware, and surveillance cameras showed that he had removed the hardware while in the company's laboratories.

Last year, Bloomberg's Mark Gorman reported that Apple plans to focus on developing its self-driving car capabilities and have these products available to users in 2025. During the last year, the American giant of the technology world has been simultaneously producing cars in two different directions. In the first step, this company focuses on building a car that has a steering wheel similar to current cars, and artificial intelligence takes control of it in certain areas. Also, the construction of self-driving cars without a steering wheel is another goal of this large technology company.

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