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Leaker claims Apple used 'multi-step sting' operation to identify and fire their source ahead of WWDC
Over the last several months, a new “leaker” emerged on Twitter claiming to know a broad range of details about...
This is a fascinating story, and the leaker posting on MR was an idiot - announcing that the source was a sibling and announcing who the sibling reported to was not wise. Nor was it wise to discuss dates. Obviously Apple feeds uniquely-identifiable false information to employees all the time, to narrow down the source of leaks. In fact, they do it in multiple stages. 25 people learn some “secret” (which may or may not be true, depending on whether Apple actually wants to leak something) and if it gets out, they know one of the 25 people leaked it. Then they leak different things to those 25 people (maybe the same rumor with different dates, or different clock frequencies, different dimensions, whatever) and when that leaks they know who the culprit is.
It didn’t even occur to me that this wasn’t known - I could swear this has happened before and been reported. And every Apple employee is absolutely terrified to say anything to anyone, because especially the smallest detail could get them caught.