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Ex-Apple Employee Stole Secrets for Chinese Firm, U.S. Says

Joel Rosenblatt, Mark Gurman
Ex-Apple Employee Stole Secrets for Chinese Firm, U.S. Says

A former Apple Inc. engineer was arrested on charges of stealing driverless car secrets for a Chinese startup after he passed through the security checkpoint at San Jose International Airport to board a flight to China. Zhang Xiaolang was accused by U.S. prosecutors of downloading files containing proprietary information as he prepared to leave the iPhone maker in April and start work for Guangzhou-based Xiaopeng Motors. A hardware engineer for Apple’s autonomous vehicle development team, Zhang was granted access to confidential company databases, according to the complaint.