American multinational technology company Apple reportedly warned its employees to not leak internal information about the company’s future plans and said workers who leak information have “everything to lose.”
Despite the warning, the threatening memo about leaking was leaked to Bloomberg.
The memo, which was posted to an internal Apple message board, stated that the company had caught 29 leakers last year and 12 of them were arrested.
“Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple. In some cases, they face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets, both classified as federal crimes. In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers. 12 of those were arrested,” read the memo.
It elaborated that the arrested were Apple employees, contractors and supply chain partners. The memo also stated examples on specific cases, such as, in one incident the employee got access to internal information from a meeting and leaked that information.
In another incident, an employee was arrested and fired just days after he leaked the final and unreleased version of iOS.
The memo also said, “The employee who leaked the meeting to a reporter later told Apple investigators that he did it because he thought he wouldn't be discovered. But people who leak — whether they're Apple employees, contractors or suppliers — do get caught and they're getting caught faster than ever.”
“Everyone comes to Apple to do the best work of their lives — work that matters and contributes to what all 135,000 people in this company are doing together. The best way to honor those contributions is by not leaking,” added the memo.
Advanced technology is now making it easier for companies to catch leakers. According to The Guardian, Facebook also plays a big role in helping the company catch leakers with its internal tactics.
The measures are part of efforts by Silicon Valley to limit the amount of information workers share in public domain. Facebook and Google also keep a tab on their workers and check what information they share publicly.
Apple is known to launch its products in a press event and also keeps details about its upcoming products a secret. The idea was introduced by late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, but under CEO Tim Cook leaks have become more common.
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