A former Apple employee for Apple's Project Titan faces 10 years of prison and a $250,000 fine.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation charged former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang with stealing trade secrets. The former Apple employee was hired in December of 2015 by Apple to develop software and hardware for autonomous vehicles, under the name 'Project Titan.'
Bloomberg reports that the charge was found in documents filed with the Northern District Court of California.
A hardware engineer for Apple’s autonomous vehicle development team, Zhang was granted access to confidential company databases, according to the complaint. After he took paternity leave he told Apple in April he was moving back to China to work at Xmotors. Apple grew more suspicious after seeing his increased network activity and visits to the office before he resigned, according to the complaint.
Zhang was arrested July 7, and Apple has made a statement to TechCrunch:
Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously. We’re working with authorities on this matter and will do everything possible to make sure this individual and any other individuals involved are held accountable for their actions.
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