Former Employee Arrested before Boarding Plane to China for Stealing Apple IP

Former Employee Arrested before Boarding Plane to China for Stealing Apple IP

Zhang Xiaolang, once a hardware engineer for Apple's driverless auto development team, told the company in April that he was leaving to go back to China and work at Xiaopeng Motors or XMotors, which is also developing autonomous vehicles. Fewer people, about 2,700 "core employees", have access to the project's databases.

The entire project's existence was a secret until late 2016, when Apple wrote a letter to United States regulators asking them not to restrict testing of autonomous vehicles.

"There is no indication that he has ever communicated any sensitive information from Apple to XMotors", Jiang said of Zhang.

A former hardware engineer for Apple is being accused of stealing secrets from the tech company. According to a court filing, Zhang worked on the company's self-driving vehicle initiative, dubbed "Project Titan", as a member of the Compute Team.

Upon his return to Apple at the end of April, he told a supervisor he was quitting to return to China to be near his ailing mother.

"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", Apple said in a statement. Court filings show that some of the stolen documents included battery system and drivetrain suspension components, the kind of thing that would only exist (and be worth stealing!) if Apple is working on a self-driving vehicle of its own.

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The FBI searched Zhang's home on June 22 and FBI agents arrested Zhang at Terminal B of Mineta San Jose International Airport on Saturday.

When confronted with the theft, Zhang reportedly told Apple he took the equipment because he wanted to transfer to a new position at the company and thought the it would prove useful.

The technical detail in the complaint "would only have been possible if Apple complied" with investigators, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor of law at the University of SC who has studied issues around autonomous vehicles.

A later search by Apple investigators found that 60 percent of the information on his wife's computer was "highly problematic", according to the complaint.

Zhang voluntarily left Apple on May 5.

Agents learned he had purchased a "last-minute" round-trip airline ticket for China on July 7 and arrested Zhang at the airport. It will also being integrated into the Messages app, with support for Animoji.Here: Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime. The flight was scheduled to depart that same day. Zhang appeared in court Monday, with a Mandarin translator present; he did not enter a plea. He is facing a recommended 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release.

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