Currently, Apple made a statement confirming the iOS 9 source code leak. The leak was for a critical part of the operating system, dubbed iBoot, which starts up the system on an iPhone when a user turns it on. Instead, while working at Apple, they were encouraged to use their access to help their friends in the jailbreaking community with their security research by leaking them internal Apple code.
Please follow Gearsofbiz on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates. After the code was stolen and leaked on Discord, one of the members said the group burned all the copies it had because the members thought it could be unsafe in the hands of someone with malicious intent. But it's an obvious confirmation when they reacted so fast and asked GitHub to take down links with propriety and confidential data through the DMCA request.
Motherboard is out today with a follow-up on how Apple's iBoot source code was leaked. "Not open-source" The code was uploaded to GitHub by a user account known as "ZioShiba". Not to mention the obvious elephant in the room which is the fact that the code is laveled with "this document is the property of Apple Inc", and even "It is considered confidential and proprietary". Though iOS 9 is a dated version of the company's mobile operating system, it's possible that the leaked code could be used to jailbreak older devices or worse.
Only 7% of iOS devices are using a version older than iOS 10, which was released in 2016, to Apple's website.
While the leak just gained mainstream attention this week, the code has been floating around for a while. Apple tends to keep its source code secret, because the code can provide insight into system vulnerabilities.
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The jailbreaking of iOS source code allows the hackers to download and install additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App store.
Unfortunately for the company, copies of the code have already become available to many, and it remains to be seen if those prove to be disruptive to iOS devices.
Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said it was "extraordinary" that the code had been leaked.
However, according to the security researcher Will Strafach, for the end users it does not really mean anything positive or negative.
Strafach echoed Apple's sentiment that the security of iOS devices doesn't depend on obscurity.