FBI charges former #apple employee with stealing trade secrets from self-driving car project

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An engineer who worked on Apple’s secretive autonomous car project allegedly stole trade secrets for a Chinese car startup backed by Alibaba, according to new charges filed by the FBI.

Xiaolang Zhang, who worked for Apple from December 2015 until May 2018, has been charged in federal court with stealing trade secrets, and faces 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Zhang was arrested trying to leave the country this past weekend. The news was first reported by The Mercury News.

“Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement to The Verge. “We’re working with authorities on this matter and will do everything possible to make sure this…

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