In Interns memo obtained by Bloomberg, the Cupertino tech giant discovered it caught 29 leakers in 2017, 12 of whom were arrested.
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.
Cupertino tech giant revealed it caught 29 leakers in 2017, including Apple employees, contractors, and supply chain partners. Twelve of those leakers were arrested.
“Leakers do not just lose their jobs at Apple,” the memo states. “In some cases, they face the jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of secrets as well as federal crimes.”
One person was caught after sharing “a link to the gold master of iOS 11” with the press ahead of Apple's September iPhone X event, the memo indicates. Others were “feeding confidential details about new products including the iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods” to 9to5Mac.
And, just last month, Apple caught and fired an employee responsible for leaking confidential details about the company's software roadmap. “Thousands” of people within the organization were privy to this information, but Apple's investigators identified the leaker, who said they shared it with a reporter.
“The impact of a leak goes beyond the people who work on a particular project – it's felt throughout the company, “the memo states. “Leaked information about a new product can not be rival to a company” more
Whether the memo cuts down on leaks. The fact that a memo warning workers was not himself a good sign.