Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Apple Comes Down Hard On Leakers

Apple Comes Down Hard On Leakers

It goes on to say that it's not just a employment at Apple that's at risk, and that "the Apple employee who leaks has everything to lose".

That didn't happen before Apple dispatched a gold iPhone X to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however. It notes that Apple caught 29 leakers in 2017, including employees, contractors, and partners in its supply chain.

It concludes by sharing the news that 12 of the leakers in 2017 were arrested.

Recent technology, often created by the very companies involved, is making it easier for internal investigators to discover which employees are divulging information.

Last month, Apple caught and fired the employee responsible for leaking details from an internal, confidential meeting about Apple's software roadmap. During the meeting, Federighi noted that some software features for the iPhone would be delayed, and someone leaked that information to the media.

The anonymous source who leaked the email to Metro told the publication: "It's clear that streaming is the future". Last year, the Outline obtained a recording of an internal briefing at Apple meant to address its war on leakers. But, year after year the company has faced some major leaks on both the hardware and software fronts that have contributed to what it calls a loss of sales. Others were "feeding confidential details about new products including iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods" to 9to5Mac. Facebook and Google also keep a tab on their workers and check what information they share publicly.

Apple might also make its low-end SE model even cheaper, giving consumers a wider range of prices.

In an internal memo to employees, Apple threatened severe consequences for leaking confidential company information - reminding staff that those who leak can lose their jobs, have hard finding future employment, and even get arrested. When asked why he did it, he responded by saying that he didn't think he'd be caught. Leaks have become more common under CEO Tim Cook, but this memo claims numerous supply chain leaks have been stopped. "While it may seem flattering to be approached, it's important to remember that you're getting played", said Apple.

The March date won't be when services start being pulled but is instead when Apple will make its plan public, allowing users to make ample preparations for the service to close.

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