“A judge ordered Apple last January to pay the $700,000 legal fees of two websites that reported on an unreleased product code-named “Asteroid.” Apple had sued the sites seeking the identities of leakers within its ranks, but lost the case,” Leander Kahney writes for Wired News.

Kahney writes, “I was talking recently with an ex-Apple staffer who worked high up at the company for many years, often closely with CEO Steve Jobs.”

Kahney writes, “The programmer, who asked not to be named, was convinced the Asteroid product was invented, a figment of Jobs’ imagination dreamed up to find the source of leaks — the old ‘canary trap.’ It’s an espionage trick used to find the source of a leak.”

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