Court Delivers iPad Leak Prison Sentences via Microblog

Three people received prison sentences of a year or more for their roles in leaking information on the iPad 2 late last year. From the Wall Street Journal:

The court announced the decision Tuesday in statements on its official account at , a Twitter-like microblogging service in China. It said that Xiao Chengsong, general manager of 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.

The court said 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 ….

declined to comment. Hon Hai didn’t comment directly on the court’s decision. “We cannot comment on matters of internal security, but takes its commitment to protecting its intellectual property as well as that of its customers very seriously and undertakes all appropriate actions to safeguard against any violations,” Hon Hai said in a written statement.

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