The source code for the iBoot, a core component of Apple's operating system was leaked and posted online. Motherboard took at look at text messages and screenshots from two people who received the leaked iBoot source code, and also spoke with a third source who is familiar with how everything went down. The leaker hoped that the code would help the jailbreaking community circumvent Apple's notoriously hard to crack walled-garden mobile operating system.
By design, "the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code", Apple wrote in the statement.
Apple's iOS source code has been a closely-guarded secret for some time, and many have argued that the company's closed ecosystem is what contributes the most to its strong security.
However, Jonathan Levin, who wrote a series of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals, has described it as a "big deal" and the "biggest leak in history".
Again, the typical iPhone user is probably not in any danger, thanks to Apple's recent security upgrades on their devices. "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". However, Apple did not explain how the source code ended up being exposed to the public.
We wish we had better news folks... Security researcher Patrick Wardle reminded Mashable that simply having access to code does not necessarily make a well-designed OS less secure, noting that Linux is quite secure despite being totally open-source.
"If the documentation contains some crucial pieces - say file formats, interfaces or even Apple's fuzzing methodology - the impact could be even greater", he told TechNewsWorld.
The code has since popped up on other sites, which could give hackers a peak into the inner workings of Apple's iBoot software.
The code indicated that it was taken from iOS 9 butt experts say there are portions of it that are still likely to be used in the newest operating system, iOS 11.
The code could allow ill-intentioned people to exploit the security of iOS devices.