iPhone’s ‘Biggest Leak in History’ Causes Massive Security Stir

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Apple has issued a DMCA takedown notice in response to someone leaking the secret source code of iOS 9 onto web-based hosting service GitHub, according to Motherboard.

While iOS 9 is a few years old, this is still a huge security risk for the company. Some of the code happens to be for iBoot, which is used in all of the company’s smartphones.

This bootloader software is activated when you power up your iPhone. The software also verifies iOS and ensures that the handset turns on smoothly. It’s essentially a security check process and is one of the first things to happen you switch your iPhone on. And it’s certainly of interest to hackers.

The identity of the poster is unknown, but it’s likely that they shared the source code in order to stir a security heartache for the American tech giant.

Since identifying the incident, Apple has issued a takedown notice. However, as BetaNews points out, it seems that other copies have made their away across the internet.

The source code was originally published on Reddit about four months ago. But Apple is only now attempting to wipe it from public view.

In terms of motivations, it’s likely that people are sharing the code so cyber crooks can gain access to iOS devices and spread malware infections.

The Cupertino-based company hasn’t commented on the situation, but the DMCA notice certainly demonstrates that the firm is worried about the code and that it is the real deal.

On accessing the GitHub posting, you’re greeted with the following statement: “Repository unavailable due to DMCA takedown.”

“This repository is currently disabled due to a DMCA takedown notice. We have disabled public access to the repository. The notice has been publicly posted.”

“If you are the repository owner, and you believe that your repository was disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification, you have the right to file a counter notice and have the repository reinstated.”

It added: “Our help articles provide more details on our DMCA takedown policy and how to file a counter notice. If you have any questions about the process or the risks in filing a counter notice, we suggest that you consult with a lawyer.”

Speaking to tech blog Motherboard, iOS and Mac OSX writer Jonathan Levin said:
“This is the biggest leak in history. It’s a huge deal.”


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