Three People Sentenced to Prison in China Over iPad 2 Leaks


15 Aug 2011
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A Chinese court has sentenced three people to prison for collaborating to steal information about the iPad 2 before its release, according to the WSJ.

The Shenzhen Bao'an People's Court said the head of a Chinese electronics-accessories manufacturer paid a former employee who was then employed by Foxconn for information about the iPad 2 in order to produce protective cases for the device.

The court announced the decision Tuesday in statements on its official account at Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service in China. It said that Xiao Chengsong, general manager of Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co., had offered 20,000 yuan, or about $3,000, plus discounts on MacTop products to a former Hon Hai employee named Hou Pengna, for information about the iPad 2. The court said Ms. Hou then paid Lin Kecheng, a Hon Hai research-and-development employee, to get digital images of the device's back cover from last September, six months before the iPad 2 was publicly announced.

Mr. Xiao was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and fined 150,000 yuan. Mr. Lin was sentenced to 14 months and fined 100,000 yuan, and Ms. Hou was sentenced to a year in prison and fined 30,000 yuan.


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