Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud – Tesla believes he stole company trade secrets and took them to Chinese startup, Xiaopeng Motors


  1. wheretohides


    My father who works for a company that designs and makes engines for airplanes for commercial/ military worked with a man who tried to sell confidential and classified designs for the military to China. The guy is in prison for a long time now.

  2. ry8919


    As someone in a technical field I have no idea why any company or university accepts Chinese nationals at this point. The culture is extremely toxic and promotes theft of IP and cheating in the academic world. If companies and universities don’t acknowledge this, the culture will persist.

  3. staticrooted


    Can someone explain why, if China has such a vast workforce and has so many people in R&D why they need to keep stealing secrets from other companies/countries? Why can’t they develop their own strategies or methods for inventing new tech? I’m just curious

  4. anser_one


    Im guessing its going to get harder for chinese immigrant to get a job in Canada and US…i know i wouldn’t let a Chinese person close to any sensitive data in my company. Feel bad saying it, but its not worth the risk.

  5. poncewattle


    > “This is a lawsuit about routine employee offboarding issues that could and should have been resolved by Tesla either through its own human resources or information technology policies,” Cao’s lawyers write in the joint filing.

    Ah, the ole “blame the victim” defense.

  6. colinstalter


    At what point do you just not hire Chinese nationals?

    Edit: people seem not to understand. I’m not advocating for discrimination against those of Chinese race or national origin. I was simply *asking* if there is a point where employers in tech avoid hiring “Chinese nationals”, i.e. those who maintain current Chinese citizenship. This is not prohibited by Title VII.


  7. huxley00


    Good thing China helps protect international IP and will gladly help prosecute and stop use of this technology!

    Trump is an idiot, but I’m not so certain that there is any other way to deal with China other than hit them in the wallet and block trade. They don’t value IP law, steal what they want and then sell it back to us and other countries while they climb to the top of the tech tree.

  8. NightLion32


    That employee is either a genius or just signed his death certificate

    Edit 1: as someone pointed out further down, he did not actually sign to say he is dead, he simply uploaded to iCloud his *death warrant*

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