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Apple in damage-limiting exercise over code leak

iOS 9 was released in 2015 and is found on millions of devices. (Source: Apple)
iOS 9 was released in 2015 and is found on millions of devices. (Source: Apple)
Leaked code for the iBoot section of iOS 9 was uploaded to GitHub this week, leading to concerns that the software may have fallen into the wrong hands. Apple has already made maneuvers to try to limit the damage caused, but the company should be worried about such leaks happening in the first place.

Apple has a new issue to face: leaked code. Apparently the code for the iBoot part of iOS 9 was shared via the coding development platform GitHub this week. The legitimacy of the code seemed to be verified when GitHub was presented with a DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notice from a law firm representing the Cupertino-based company. The code has now been removed, but like anything uploaded to the Internet it only takes moments for it to be shared worldwide.

This leak has the potential to affect millions of devices using the operating system involved, such as iPhones (including the popular iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models), iPod Touch and iPads. Naturally, there are immediate concerns in regard to security and hacking. Having access to such widely used boot code could offer up a number of disconcerting scenarios, especially if the code falls into the hands of malicious hackers.

As the company is already aware of the leak, it is likely a security update will be pushed out as soon as possible. But along with Batterygate, this latest mishap seems like another sour bite taken out of Apple.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-02- 9 (Update: 2018-02- 9)