JUST days ago, Apple suffered a massive leak that saw some of its iOS source code posted online, and now a report reveals the code was originally leaked by a former Apple intern.
According to Motherboard, the low-level staffer took the code while working at the tech giant’s headquarters in Silicon Valley in 2016 and distributed it between his mates.
Those same mates also happened to be iOS jailbreakers, obsessed with fiddling with Apple’s iPhone software to remove the restrictions imposed by the firm.
The former employee got away with “all sorts of Apple internal tools” and additional code that wasn’t part of the initial leak, claimed one of the individuals who had originally been handed the code.
Although the original plot was to keep the code between a group of five friends, that’s clearly not how things turned out.
It spread beyond the original crew sometime last year, making it onto an online chat group on Discord (a messaging platform for gamers), and then Reddit around four months ago – but that post was subsequently auto-removed by a moderation bot.
Fast forward to last week, and the code appeared on the code-sharing website Github, and all hell broke loose.
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Apple, which keeps its iOS code private, said the leak had not compromised security, and asked Github to remove it.
But, analysts described it as the “biggest” leak in the history of the iPhone.
They said it would allow iOS researchers and hackers to find new bugs and vulnerabilities in the three-year-old code.