He spied for Apple

From Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai’s “Apple’s Double Agent” posted Wednesday on Vice’s Motherboard:

For more than a year, an active member of a community that traded in illicitly obtained internal Apple documents and devices was also acting as an informant for the company.

On Twitter and in Discord channels for the loosely defined Apple “internal” community that trades leaked information and stolen prototypes, he advertised leaked apps, manuals, and stolen devices for sale. But unbeknownst to other members in the community, he shared with Apple personal information of people who sold stolen iPhone prototypes from China, Apple employees who leaked information online, journalists who had relationships with leakers and sellers, and anything that he thought the company would find interesting and worth investigating.

Andrey Shumeyko, also known as YRH04E and JVHResearch online, decided to share his story because he felt that Apple took advantage of him and should have compensated him for providing the company this information.

“Me coming forward is mostly me finally realizing that that relationship never took into consideration my side and me as a person,” ​​Shumeyko told Motherboard.

My take: Double agents are notoriously hard to handle. Just ask George Smiley.

10 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Sour grapes, looking for his 90 seconds of fame.

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  2. Fred Stein said:
    Next up, Smiley gets a book deal.

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    • David Emery said:
      And then sells the movie rights 🙂

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  3. Daniel Epstein said:
    Well business deals can be a handshake but really should be clearly defined on paper. All sorts of reasons for either side to be cautious. Without knowing what he asked for or what Apple offered it is hard to make a sound judgment. I know many people get unhappy with deals they make after the fact. No way to tell from the outside who was taking advantage of who if anyone. Since he is not getting rewarded enough to stay silent I think he is trying to leverage this publicly. Not usually a good tactic when dealing with Apple.

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  4. Ross Richardson said:
    Slimy guy had info of questionable provenance. He wanted to monetize it.

    Did Apple solicit the info? Doesn’t sound like it.

    Was the info reality-based? Did Apple act on it? All unknown.

    Positioning Apple as a participant in this scheme – based on the word of someone confessing to his own lack of ethics – seems far fetched.

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  5. 17. it is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus double agents are recruited and used…Expendable agents may be sent to convey false information. – Chap. 8, The Art of War, Sun Tzu Sounds like this bloke was expendable, hardly a shamus, working with no advance.

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  6. Jerry Doyle said:
    This was a most interesting read. Makes one wonder if Global Security Team took all the credit for the many successful coups the unit carried out over the year, never once divulging the existence of Andrey Shumeyko to Apple senior management. So, GST members get annual bonuses, pay increases and promotions for job well done and Andrey Shumeyko emerges as the spy who came in from the cold looking, feeling and smelling no less than if he had been sleeping the past year under the Apple Global Security Team’s Chicken Roosting Bars where GST members all shat on him.

    I served for 38 years in government service holding the position of Union Local President over a five state region and National Executive Vice President of a Union Council under the AFL/CIO. What I learned is that no one, absolutely no one has feelings for a “whistle blower.” That is the lesson Andrey Shumeyko learned.

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  7. Joe Murphy said:
    @ “Well business deals can be a handshake but really should be clearly defined on paper.”

    Even when clearly defined on paper, many people get unhappy with deals they made – ask Epic and other developers who succumbed to greed’s call.

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    • Daniel Epstein said:
      Yes people do get unhappy with the deals they made but if there is a paper trail or even a contract the issues can be looked at by third parties to determine who might have screwed whom. He is not suing Apple for breach of contract he is publicly complaining that he is disappointed. As for the Epic case let’s see what the judge says about Epic’s violation of its Developer’s agreement. If Epic loses does that mean the complaints about Apple’s control of the App store go away? No some people will still use Epic as a reason to rein in Apple because that is the goal. Why let facts or a judge decision change your tune. If somehow the judge finds something in Epics favor I doubt it will make much legal sense from previous case law.

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