For the second time in six months, the FBI is accusing a Chinese
national working for Apple of attempting to steal trade secrets
related to the company’s secret autonomous vehicle program, NBC
Bay Area’s Investigative Unit learned Tuesday. […]
Chen, according to the complaint, allowed Apple Global Security
employees to search his personal computer, where they found
thousands of files containing Apple’s intellectual property,
including manuals, schematics, and diagrams. Security personnel
also found on the computer about a hundred photographs taken
inside an Apple building.
Apple learned Chen recently applied for a job at a China-based
autonomous vehicle company that is a direct competitor of Apple’s
project, according to the complaint. A photo found on Chen’s
computer, which Apple provided to the FBI, showed an assembly
drawing of an Apple-designed wiring harness for an autonomous
Chen was arrested just one day before he was scheduled to fly to
China, according to the complaint.
Starting to look like a trend.