Spy games: Chinese engineer arrested for allegedly stealing Apple’s smart car secrets

Spy games: Chinese engineer arrested for allegedly stealing Apple’s smart car secrets
Industrial espionage is definitely a thing, especially in the highly-competitive tech industry. We rarely hear about it, of course, since the spies are presumably good at what they do. Which is why it’s a bit weird that we now have a report of someone being caught red-handed.

One Jizhong Chen, a (now ex) Apple engineer has been arrested by the FBI. Apparently, Mr. Chen was caught red-handed taking photos inside a secure area of the Apple facilites and thousands of documents — including manuals and schematics — were found on his personal hard drive. The engineer first said that the photos and documents are meant to help him with applications for jobs within the company. However, soon after, Apple investigators found out that he had applied for a job with Chinese company Xiaopeng Automobile and was allegedly attempting to provide the Apple documents to his would-be new employer. Xiaopeng Automobile absolutely denies having been in talks with Mr. Chen.

All of the information that was about to be stolen is regarding the supposed self-driving car that we have been hearing on and off about over the past couple of years. And this is not even the first time when it comes up in a corporate espionage case. Back in July, another ex-Apple engineer, Zhang Xiaolang, was charged with trying to pass the Apple Car secrets to a startup in China.

So, what’s the takeaway here? One — Apple is definitely working on a car of all things, and two — the US - China relations are not going to ease up any time soon.

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28 Comments

1. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

So trump is right?

14. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Of coarse he's right you douche, he's trying to make America great again and you sit there trying to question it haha!

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol yes, can't wait to see him shutdown the government for a firewall. Besides,shouldn't he be stealing Chinese tech to build his current wall. They knew how to get one built hundreds of years ago.

25. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Trump was like, china is stealing our intellectual property, then cnn was all like nah fam, then china was all like thanks cnn

2. surethom

Posts: 1558; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Is apple really working on a Car or like i believe just Driverless technology that it will licence to other car manufacturers, Apple is a Tech company not a car company, even with their Billions is spare cash it still would not be enough to be a car company.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

No wonder why they’re ban in America. Android fans gonna be happy for they have a glimpse of new car tech only from .

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

We don't care about the Apple car and you know smileys aren't supported right

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6364; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I think he was trying to post an emoji of his beloved fruit.

6. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OH, there is my morning laugh BFD could care less if apple is working on some ugly azz car.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If it’s not an internal combustion engine, and pure American muscle...I don’t want it. Gotta have a Vette, and can’t wait for the mid engine model next year.

16. Vokilam

Posts: 981; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Darkjedi, I’m actually against the mid engine corvette. It takes away from what makes the Vette so good on their own. I do understand of mid engine design benefits - but I was proud that the vette can hold their own against the mid engine flock and deliver that for a lot cheaper. GM can build it with all the corvette counterparts, but just like the Cadillac XLR of its day - they could have called it something else (give it to Cadillac is a great idea). We have plenty of mid engine cars, another one wouldn’t matter - but when it comes to corvette in its FR state it makes it more affordable, and it keeps its heritage.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can understand that, but at the same time, I'm also excited for it and what I could mean for the future of Corvette. Chevy has said, that they've gotten about as much power and torque out of the current configuration as they can, due to traction concerns. I plan to order one if I like it, but not for a couple years. Gotta let the kinks get worked out. The current C7 is so sexy, I hate to see it leave.

24. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Totally agree on that.

29. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

sissy246 you obviously care, because you took the time to click on the article, read the article and comment.

8. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

So, what’s the takeaway here? DON'T hire Chinese

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No chance I would buy an apple car. Last thing I need is the headaches apple would bring when they brick something every week in software updates.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And with Apple, that’s guaranteed to happen.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3074; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And they'll ask $499 to fix your flat tire (which have Apple's proprietary valve), while recommending you to replace your rims with newer model for an extra $799 each, plus adding extra air to your other tires for $19 each. They wont fix your flat tire if you don't take all those offer.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! What about the fast charger?

20. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO It will just take 2 days to charge

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO

21. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO Bet the iair will be more then that. May guess is $29.99 for Super iAir

30. almostdone

Posts: 415; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

They will come up with some iS**t marketing their air will keep your tire at the right pressure for longer to justify charging for iAir. The iSheep will believe all the bollocks that comes out.

23. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, be just like the phones, update after update to fix the update.

15. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Fire all the Chinese scam artists who work for Apple now. We can't trust immigrants from China!

27. mootu

Posts: 1319; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Racist much?

18. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

WTF? What is this article doing here?

28. mootu

Posts: 1319; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"So, what’s the takeaway here? One — Apple is definitely working on a car of all things, " Err! no they are not, the Apple car is just a fanboys wet dream. Firstly Apple need partners to build a car and nobody will work with them, they have signed a deal with VW but that is only for driverless vans to shuttle workers around Apples campus. Full story of how Apples car plans went down the drain in the link below. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/23/technology/apple-bmw-mercedes-volkswagen-driverless-cars.html

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