Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017

Mindy Sparks
April 14, 2018

In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers. "12 of those were arrested", says the terror missive from Cupertino, ironically leaked to Bloomberg. 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. Apple's Global Security team employs investigators who have previously worked in the US military, USA intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency, and law enforcement agencies like the Secret Service and the F.B.I. No, it's evil journalists that are making them do awful things.

In many cases, leakers don't set out to leak.

Apple has a message for its employees: if you're caught leaking confidential company information, you could lose your job and even face criminal charges.

Yeah, those sons-of-bitches in the Fourth Estate are behind this.

That meeting was secretly recorded and leaked to the press too. A scoop about an unreleased Apple product can generate massive traffic for a publication and financially benefit the blogger or reporter who broke it.

However, a recent leak suggests Apple had indeed planned to bust out the gold paint for its fanciest handset ever.

The employee who leaked the meeting to a reporter later told Apple investigators that he did it because he thought he wouldn't be discovered. Although the documents in the filing were processed in September 2017, there are indications that Apple prepared them as early as July.

It also hates the journalists who don't fall over backwards praising it. Given their size and the number of contractors they work with, occasional leaks are bound to come out.

The memo then goes on to stress how damaging leaks are to the company itself, those who worked on a project, and other employees.

Investments by Apple have had an enormous impact on the company's ability to identify and catch leakers.

The memo also points to more examples of how Apple's internal security has caught people who believed they could get away with it - including the person who leaked the link to the gold master of iOS 11, and those who leaked within the supply chain.

Boom! And you know what else? Previous year they fired another employee for leaking details to 9to5mac. The success of these outsiders is measured by obtaining Apple's secrets from you and making them public.

"Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple", the memo states.

What a lovely company. These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere.

In reality, some leaks can be harder to track or stop.

They threw all kinds of claims against me, I had a good lawyer that completely understood the problem, did good research, and read the law correctly. They are the result of a decision by someone who may not have considered the impact of their actions.

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