Apple intern leaks iOS source code, reports say

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Apple has been in the spotlight over the past few months and sometimes, in not so very positive ways. The latest issue hounding the company is the apparent leaking of some of its smartphones' sensitive codes.

Last Wednesday, an anonymous person posted online the proprietary source code which plays a vital role in the operating system of Apple's iPhones. BBC reported that the tech giant confirmed the leak, saying that the boot-up source code was used in their older iOS 9 platform. Interestingly, the latest news points to an intern being responsible for the leak.

According to a report from Motherboard, the leak was allegedly perpetrated by one of the company's former interns. The report said that unnamed sources who looked deeper into the matter and investigated all of the screenshots and text messages related to the issue said that the culprit was an intern from 2016. Sources said that the intern stole the source code and was egged by a small group of friends numbering to five from the jailbreaking community to leak the valuable information.

"He pulled everything, all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot," an intern's friend told Motherboard. "I personally never wanted that code to see the light of day. Not out of greed but because of fear of the legal firestorm that would ensue," said another from the group of five. "The Apple internal community is really full of curious kids and teens. I knew one day that if those kids got it they'd be dumb enough to push it to GitHub," the source added.

The code was leaked online via GitHub last week, which prompted Apple to order the website to take down the post, a report from TheVerge noted. Moreover, a source from Apple said that the company had already known about the stolen source code prior to its leaking on GitHub. In addition, Apple did not show much concern over the code spreading online, as the company said in a statement that "the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code."