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U.S. charges Apple ex-employee on the run for trying to steal technology

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A former employee of Apple has been charged by the U.S. Justice Department for attempting to steal the firm’s technology.

According to the statement from the US on Tuesday, the technology stolen from Apple said to be related to autonomous systems, including self-driving cars.

Matt Olsen, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, told a press conference that the Engineer was already fleeing to China.

The case was one of five that were made public on Tuesday in an effort to stop claimed attempts by countries like China, Iran, and Russia to illegally get American technology. 

According to an April indictment released on Tuesday, the former Apple engineer, identified as 35-year-old Weibao Wang, was employed by the company in 2016 and formerly called Mountain View, California, home.

“We stand vigilant in enforcing U.S. laws to stop the flow of sensitive technologies to our foreign adversaries,” Olsen said. 

According to Justice Department officials, two of the charges involved procurement networks built to assist Russia’s military and intelligence services in obtaining sensitive technologies.

 

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