According to leaked memo, Apple found 29 leakers last year and 12 were arrested

According to leaked memo, Apple found 29 leakers last year and 12 were arrested
Earlier this year, we all had a good laugh when a memo from Snapchat parent Snap leaked. The memo warned employees not to leak confidential information. Today, something similar happened to Apple. A memo meant for Apple employees' eyes only revealed that 29 leakers were caught last year by Apple. 12 of them were arrested. To make sure that those who work for Apple know what could happen to them if they pass along confidential info to the media, Apple wrote, "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere." Ironically, this confidential internal memo leaked.

Apple listed some of the actual information that was leaked. In one case, Apple cited a meeting led by Apple’s software engineering head Craig Federighi. During the meeting, Federighi noted that some software features for the iPhone would be delayed, and someone leaked that information to the media. Apple discovered the employee that leaked what was said at the meeting, and fired him.

In another case, details about an unreleased software package were leaked, which gave away secrets about the Apple iPhone X and the most recent Apple Watch prior to their introductions. Last year, Apple held an internal seminar called "Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple." Word about the seminar leaked, and secrets continued to pour out of the company. Apple says that digital forensics helped identify employees who passed along confidential information about the iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods directly to a particular phone blog (not us, by the way).

The company is also working with its suppliers to prevent theft of intellectual property, and to identify individuals who try to access information that they are not entitled to have. Despite this, information continues to make its way out of Apple. Just last month, an Apple employee who passed confidential information to the media pertaining to Apple's software roadmap, was caught and fired. When asked why he did it, he responded by saying that he didn't think he'd be caught.

Tech companies like Apple have the means to discover who is passing along confidential information. And Apple says that employees found to be leaking company secrets to the press will not only get fired, they could end up in jail and fined. The risk is entirely on the Apple employee who passes along the information.


source: Bloomberg

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15 Comments

1. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Leaker of the memo got arrested too... I can only assume.

2. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

That would be another memo and the leaker of that memo would be arrested too.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Leaker inception confirmed?

8. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

And the leaker of the memo of the leaker of the memo of the leaker. :O

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

If they signed an NDA then they got what they knew they would get for leaking confidential product information.

12. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Last year was a bummer almost everything we want to hear from iPhone X was leaked. As soon as Apple keynote 2017 happened the excitment was somehow gone since there are no suprises already. I hope this year they are able to keep those leakers.

5. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Oh the irony! A memo about leaking got.... leaked :D

6. toukale

Posts: 624; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

This memo was leaked by Apple to serve a purpose and it seems that it did by the responses on multiple forums. Apple, you sly dog.

7. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In that case the board should lead by example and fire themselves ;)

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4118; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao so gullible

11. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Apple has made the right choice, Spreading leaks create fake news!

14. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“Madam President” was predicted by most left leaning outlets as having 98+% chance of winning the day before election. Fake news like that, or fake news like Russia?

15. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

No problem. The media could simply pay the employee up to 3x his annual salary and his defense lawyer fees to leak Apple secrets depending on how valuable that secret is. That should be worth losing the job... it's better than nothing!

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