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Ferrari distances itself from Mercedes theft case

Ferrari moves to distance itself from ex-Mercedes engineer Benjamin Hoyle following an accusation of data theft by his former employers.
Ferrari has moved to distance itself from ex-Mercedes engineer Benjamin Hoyle following an accusation of data theft by his former employers.

As first revealed by Bloomberg, Mercedes has brought a legal case against Hoyle, who worked in the engine department of the title-winning team, claiming to have found evidence of him attempting to access files made confidential to him after he informed the company he was leaving to join rivals Ferrari.

According to Mercedes , Hoyle was set to join Ferrari this month after tendering his resignation back in May and alleges it could have gained an 'unlawful advantage' had it gotten hold of files, which it says included engine mileage and damage reports from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Though the legal case does mention Ferrari, only Hoyle has been outwardly accused of the data breach, with the Italian firm quick to dismiss the suggestion it could have indeed gained from such information, saying it has 'never signed a contract' with him.

“Ferrari held talks with Hoyle about employing him, but he never signed a contract and is not joining the company,” it told Bloomberg.

Mercedes told Bloomberg it was seeking a return of all documents and a ban on him joining Ferrari or any other team until after the 2016 season.

"Legal action is underway involving Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd. and an employee. The company has taken the appropriate legal steps to protect its intellectual property."



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SoSlo

December 09, 2015 5:15 PM

From hXXp://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/f1-ferrari-mercedes-lawsuit-update-120915 QUOTE: However, in September a senior colleague caught him reading a report about the Hungarian GP on his laptop. Court documents say: “Mr. Hoyle opened on his laptop screen the Hungarian Grand Prix race report. When Mr. Hoyle's former line manager, Owen Jones, approached Mr. Hoyle's desk where the race report was visible on Mr. Hoyle's laptop, Mr. Hoyle disconnected the cable supplying power to the laptop, thereby shutting down the laptop. Mr. Hoyle did this in an attempt to conceal his wrongdoing.” sounds like bs to me

SoSlo

December 09, 2015 5:12 PM

i'm calling BS on this story... the article states that he was caught looking at something on a laptop computer and to avoid being caught, he quickly unplugged the power cord from the laptop which caused the laptop to turn off immediately. does anybody see anything wrong with this statement? everytime i pull the power cord out from my windows laptop, or netbook, or macbook air, funny thing is the computer just stays on as if there were batteries inside or something crazy like that! BS !!



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