How a low-level Apple employee leaked some of the iPhone’s most sensitive code

Last week we posted about the iOS 9 iBoot source code leak that was headlined to be the biggest leak in history.

Motherboard has followed up with details on the leak itself:

A low-level Apple employee with friends in the jailbreaking community took code from Apple while working at the company’s Cupertino headquarters in 2016, according to two people who originally received the code from the employee. Motherboard has corroborated these accounts with text messages and screenshots from the time of the original leak and has also spoken to a third source familiar with the story.

Motherboard has granted these sources anonymity given the likelihood of Apple going after them for obtaining and distributing proprietary, copyrighted software. The original Apple employee did not respond to our request for comment and said through his friend that he did not currently want to talk about it because he signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple.

To me, this is theft, clear as day. Not sure if Apple will go after the leakers, but if I were those leakers, I’d get some sound legal advice.



  • rick gregory

    “The original Apple employee did not respond to our request for comment and said through his friend that he did not currently want to talk about it because he signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple.”

    BWAH?

    • xp84

      Does this mean Apple found out who it was, and then asked him to sign an NDA forbidding him from talking about it? Or that he’s suddenly remembering his original NDA that he signed that made his theft extra, obviously, illegal?

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  • Brandon

    The guy who leaked the code is the ultimate a-hole. Glad he remembered the NDA after he leaked the code and put millions of people at risk. Oh, and his friends who clearly decided to “publish” the code to the rest of the world. Thanks again, a-holes!

    I hope Apple finds these guys and rakes them over the coals!

  • It’s not a big deal. It’s from iOS 9, and Apple has made it clear things have changed so much that this does little damage considering how fast people update their devices. As for Apple getting legal advice? They have top lawyers. They know what they’re doing.

    • Billy Razzle

      Maybe to you. I still have iOS 9 devices that I currently use.

      • If they can be updated to later OSs, then security should trump convenience.

        • Billy Razzle

          Not sure what convenience you mean, obviously I’d update them if it were possible. They won’t update to anything past iOS 9.

          • That’s why I said if. Amazing how they hold up.

  • jsmith

    So Vice is unconcerned with copyright laws? Seems odd for a media company…

  • JimCracky

    Ask Stormy Daniels about nondisclosure agreements.