Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

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

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

It notes that Apple caught 29 leakers in 2017, including employees, contractors, and partners in its supply chain.

Apple has had 12 employees arrested over the course of a year ago for leaking internal information about future software plans, according to a memo leaked (ironically) today, spotted by Bloomberg.

Apple outlined situations in which information was leaked to the media, including a meeting earlier this year where Apple's software engineering head Craig Federighi told employees that some planned iPhone software features would be delayed.

Apple mentioned that along with criminal charges, leakers can face other legal action. During an employee Q&A, the company's director of global security was described as "gleefully" recounting how a blogger threw shade at Bloomberg's star Apple reporter Mark Gurman for not leaking major details on the HomePod speaker, saying "yeah, you got nothing". 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).

Apple has a workforce of 135,000, and one of the biggest and most convoluted supply chains in the business, so clamping down on leaks is going to be hard. While it may seem flattering to be approached, it's important to remember that you're getting played.

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The overarching message of the memo is that "leaks are completely avoidable", but anyone who does leak to the press on goal can expect to be found by Apple's well-resourced security department and prosecuted to the fullest possible extent.

The March date won't be when services start being pulled but is instead when Apple will make its plan public, allowing users to make ample preparations for the service to close.

The glossy red finish - which will not be available on the flagship iPhone X - is an improvement on last year's Product (Red) devices, which were matte red owing to the iPhone 7's aluminium casing, the site says.

The memo rounds out with a cautionary warning about the dangers of leaking. 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. They've also partnered with suppliers to identify vulnerabilities - both physical and technological - and ensure their security levels meet or exceed Apple's expectations. "It-leaked_id95181" class="local_link" >Apple held an internal seminar called "Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple".

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. "The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking".

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