According to the paper, the head of electronics accessories manufacturer Shenzen MacTop, Xiao Chengsong, paid a former employee who worked at Foxconn’s plant in Taiwan for information about the new tablet in order to make protective cases for the iPad 2.
Xiao offered 20,000 yuan plus discounts to the Foxconn employee, Hou Penga, who then paid a member of the research and development team, Lin Kecheng, to take photos of the iPad 2’s back.
MacTop then preceded to manufacture and promote its new iPad 2 cases online at Alibaba.com, months before the iPad 2 was even announced.
Xiao was given 18 months in prison and fined 150,000 yuan, Lin received 14 months and 100, 000 yuan and Hou was given a year and 30,000 yuan.
“We cannot comment on matters of internal security, but Foxconn 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,” Foxconn said in a written statement.