Former Apple engineer convicted of stealing Apple Car secrets

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Former Apple engineer convicted of stealing Apple Car secrets
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Former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang pleaded guilty today to the theft of trade secrets, for which he could face up to ten years in prison. CNBC, Zhang was first hired by Apple in December 2015 to work on Project Titan, developing software and hardware for autonomous vehicles.

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As part of the Compute team, Zhang designed and tested circuit boards to analyze sensor data, and was given access to Apple’s secure and confidential internal database. In April 2018, Zhang left Apple for Chinese startup Exmotors, and shortly after, Apple discovered that he had stolen sensitive Apple Car development data and hardware.

In July 2018, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Zhang of theft of trade secrets, and was arrested shortly after attempting to leave the country. Zhang struck a plea bargain this week, which is under seal with the US government.

With up to 10 years in prison, Zhang could face a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing will be done on November 14.

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