Highly secret source code for Apple’s iPhone has been posted online in what’s been described as ‘the biggest leak in Apple history.’
The code for iBoot, which runs when you launch iOS devices, was posted on Github until a DMCA legal notice from Apple meant it was taken down.
But while the code is no longer available on Github, it could now be in the hands of hackers, Motherboard reports.
Fun thing about the DMCA: it required Apple to state, under penalty of perjury, that the iBoot source code was legit: https://t.co/PKHZqcEe6h
— Karl (@supersat) February 8, 2018
Security expert and author Jonathan Levin said, ‘This is huge.’
The leak could mean that hackers are able to ‘jailbreak’ devices and run their own apps, experts have suggested.
‘Jailbreaking’ iPhones used to be popular, but has become increasingly difficult as Apple has made its software more secure.
Apple played down the security implications of the leak, saying, ‘’Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked.
‘But by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code.
‘There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.’