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Here Is How iOS 14 Was Leaked and Circulated Months before Its Release

Here Is How iOS 14 Was Leaked and Circulated Months before Its Release

 

It is a well-known secret that security researchers and hackers already have a copy of iOS 14. The upcoming iOS has been leaked considerably and we already know what to expect. Leaks pertaining to unreleased iOS is not something new and happens almost every year. However this time, researchers and hackers seem to have gotten their hands on iOS 14 as early as December 2019.

Origin of iOS 14 Leak

Apple releases new iOS in September alongside new iPhones. In other words, the iOS 14 has been leaked literally eight months prior to the release. Usually screenshots and hands-on videos are leaked, this time around the operating system has been leaked in entirety. Motherboard has traced the leak to five sources from the jailbreaking community. Apparently they have purchased it from someone in China for thousands of dollars and then distributed the internal build to the hacker community.

People in possession of iOS 14 are also striking feals with security researchers. Meanwhile, the researchers will get a sneak peek of the upcoming iOS and find out ways to gain access. One might argue that the final iOS 14 will look very different from the initial internal builds. Well this is true, however, it is also true that hackers and researchers stand to get an unprecedented lead time.

Thanks to the early iOS 14 leaks, the researchers and hackers are able to find more number of iOS vulnerabilities. In other words, the iOS image of virtually unbreakable operating systems is smashed to smithereens. In fact, just recently Zerodium, a bug broker company stopped accepting iOS exploits and bugs. Moreover, the price paid for such exploits and bugs is also plunging thanks to high supply.

Leaked iOS 14 Build Changes Hands

Apparently leaked Apple code is traded on Twitter and is accompanied by a hashtag called #AppleInternals. The buyer and seller, both are anonymous and strike deals online. One of the researchers shared a leaked iOS 14 copy with Motherboard and said it is only for “internal use.” The shared iOS 14 code was the same one that was leaked online.

What Happens Now?

The earlier than usual iOS 14 leaks spell trouble in more than one way. It is being widely traded in jailbreaking communities even when the first public release is yet to arrive. We are pretty sure Apple won’t take it lying down. The company is very vocal about safety and privacy. Most of the time Apple has acknowledged security issues and worked on them. Those who have a copy of iOS 14 might face severe repercussions from Apple. Lastly, the development build leak points at Apple’s lack of security measures when it comes to preventing leaks.

[via

Motherboard

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via iPhone Hacks http://www.iphonehacks.com/2020/05/ios-14-leaked-circulated-months-before-release.html
link : http://www.iphonehacks.com/2020/05/ios-14-leaked-circulated-months-before-release.html
May 22, 2020 at 07:54PM

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