Serious allegations against Apple attempts to cover up the hacking of millions of iPhone users
Epic Games, the two most popular American companies, and Apple, which has been on the battlefield for the past year due to some restrictions on the Apple App Store, maybe known to many people familiar with the technology. Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple (Epic Games v. Apple) in August 2020, challenging some of the Apple Store’s restrictions. Recently, the company has brought before the court shocking information against Apple, which will surprise many. In fact, Epic Games has released an email from Apple, which makes it clear that Apple has voluntarily decided not to inform 128 million iPhone users about hacking. This hack happened in 2015, the year the iPhone 6s series was launched.
According to a report by Ars Technica, the news of the hack came to light in 2015 when researchers found 40 malicious apps in the App Store. This number eventually rose to 4,000. According to the report, these applications included code that made iPhones and iPads a part of the botnet. This increases the likelihood of sensitive user data being stolen.
According to an email from Epic Games, Apple’s managers discovered about 2,500 malicious applications on September 21, 2015. These were downloaded a total of 203 million times by 128 million users. Of these, 16 million were US customers.
What was written in the controversy centered on that email? In that mail, Matthew Fisher, VP of the App Store, Greg Josviak, senior vice president of Apple’s Worldwide Marketing, and Tom Newmeyer and Kristin Monaghan, members of Apple PR, wrote: Should everyone email? If the answer is yes, then Dale Bagwell of our Customer Experience Team will be in charge of managing the next steps in this regard. “
Since these apps were downloaded worldwide, the email also mentioned that there could be a language issue when sending an email to everyone. The email also found that Bagwell had discussed sending an email to all 126 million affected users. The mail was also supposed to include the names of all the malicious apps. However, the email was never sent, which clearly indicates that Apple voluntarily tried to cover up the incident.
In this context, let me say that these malicious apps originated because the developers used a fake copy of Apple’s app development tool Xcode to create apps legally. Malicious code was inserted in this tool along with other regular features.