A former Intel employee reportedly walked away with 3 900 documents regarding confidential company data Intel has filed a lawsuit and wants 75000 dollars as payment for potential damage caused by stolen documents
The former employee in question is Dr Varun Gupta, who left Intel last year to join Microsoft as «director of strategic planning in cloud and AI”On her last day at Intel, Dr Gupta would have seized nearly 4000 confidential files and would have hidden them on a few USB keys Data relates to Intel Xeon processors, pricing data, Intel chip manufacturing strategies and capabilities.
Intel filed a lawsuit, claiming that Gupta used this confidential information to gain an unfair advantage with Microsoft in negotiations regarding product specifications and prices (Xeon)
Intel has asked a security team to investigate Gupta, with the help of Microsoft, to see how damaging the theft was in the end, they discovered that Gupta had indeed taken thousands of Intel documents and had access to the USB drives containing the confidential data over a hundred times during his time at Microsoft.
Dr Gupta admitted to having a USB drive, but he says he immediately turned the drive over to Microsoft for analysis The other USB drive has not been found so far In addition to admitting to having a USB drive with some of Intel's data, Gupta denies all other Intel claims
Although Gupta's motives are still unclear, it looks like the case will be settled in court In the worst case (for Intel at least), Microsoft could get Xeon processors at a higher price than anyone else
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