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Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017

Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017

The memo said the leakers were Apple employees as well as contractors and supply chain partners.

Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple.

Apple reportedly warned employees in an internal memo that it "caught 29 leakers" a year ago and that 12 were arrested, adding that workers who disclose information to the media have "everything to lose".

Apple said, though not in as many words, that if found guilty the leakers would face hell. 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.

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Whether the memo cuts down on leaks remains to be seen. The impact of a leak goes beyond the people who work on a particular project - it's felt throughout the company. While it may seem flattering to be approached, it's important to remember that you're getting played. "12 of those were arrested", says the terror missive from Cupertino, ironically leaked to Bloomberg. Despite this, information continues to make its way out of Apple.

Apple is known for not divulging any information about upcoming products before they launch. A third color option of the iPhone X was among the early rumors around the smartphone, but failed to materialize at its 2017 launch event. But the company has strategized well to persuade Apple loyals to pay more for newer products while appealing first-time customers with lower-priced models. "It-leaked_id95181" class="local_link" >Apple held an internal seminar called "Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple". In the memo, the employees were threatened with losing their jobs if they revealed trade secrets. But the memo's nearly boastful recounting of leakers' legal consequences is disturbing - and sure to intimidate whistleblowers who want to leak something more important than the date of the next iPhone release.