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Leaked Apple memo: 12 employees were arrested previous year for leaking secrets

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Kayla Schwartz | 15 April, 2018, 14:45

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports on a memo recently sent to all Apple employees stating that 29 Apple people were caught leaking secrets about planned products previous year, and 12 of them were arrested. "And they're getting caught faster than ever".

Bloomberg reports an Apple memo (that was leaked, funnily enough) warns employees that the tech company will seek criminal charges against anyone who leaks information.

The report mentions instances in the past where information was leaked to journalists and how that could give its competition a lead time to take corrective measures in their product portfolio so as to compete with Apple.

Here's what's amusing: on the same day that Apple's memo urging employees to not leak company information, we just got, well, another leak.

Leaking isn't just an apparent problem for Apple.

It then threatens long-lasting harm to anyone stupid enough to let anyone know anything about its products before, you know, it launches them and tries to sell as many as humanely possible.

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However, these reports have been denied by Hezbollah and media outlets affiliated with the Syrian government. Tensions have been running high between Israel and its arch-foe Iran , a key backer of the Syrian regime.

They said Apple could make an announcement about iTunes music downloads being stopped in early 2019 or by March 31 next year.

Every year the details of the new products are leaked ahead of the launch. Because the FCC filing was created last August and submitted in September, four days before the iPhone X was announced, some outlets are speculating that this might be a case of the latter.

Last year Apple caught 29 leakers. 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). They also state that once a leaker is fired, Apple will try hard to make finding employment elsewhere almost impossible. These programs have almost eliminated the theft of prototypes and products from factories, caught leakers and prevented many others from leaking in the first place. In some cases, they face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes.

It elaborated that the arrested were Apple employees, contractors and supply chain partners.

While they carry serious consequences, leaks are completely avoidable.

Naturally, the memo was leaked.

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