The Intel engineer, who left the company early last year and brought thousands of confidential documents to Microsoft, admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle with the CPU giant.
Varun Gupta has worked in the Intel Data Center Group for about 10 years and left the company early last year to join Microsoft as the “head of cloud and artificial intelligence strategic planning.”But before leaving the chip manufacturer, the engineer accepted 3,900 confidential and secret documents USB drives about Intel Xeon processors, their pricing and strategy. Later, he accessed them from a laptop released by Microsoft.
Intel said the information gave Microsoft an unfair advantage in the negotiation of the specifications and pricing of the Xeon that the software giant bought from Intel. Earlier this year, the CPU manufacturer asked its former engineer to pay $75,000 as compensation for potential losses.
According to reports, Varun Gupta has admitted wrongdoing so far and agreed to pay Intel an undisclosed amount Oregon scene. Intel and its former engineers will pay their own attorney fees. If he violates the terms of the settlement agreement, he will have to pay at least $100,000 to his former employee.
Secrets and confidential documents usually contain information that is much more valuable than the $75,000 Intel requested from Varun Gupta. Perhaps the former Intel engineer and Microsoft could not use this information correctly, or there was no time for any significant gains at all.
Microsoft did not comment on this story, but according to live reports in Oregon, it did cooperate with investigators.