Apple was silent about jailbreaking 128 million iPhones in 2015
In September 2015, information security specialists identified about 4 thousand applications in the App Store that were infected with the XcodeGhost malware.
At that time, tech giant Apple decided to keep silent about the scale of the cyberattack and did not publicly notify users of the incident.
However, thanks to a legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, many different documents from both companies have been released, including those related to the 2015 cyber attack.
As it became known from an email, on the afternoon of September 21, 2015, Apple managers discovered 2,500 malicious applications that infected 128 million users’ devices. In total, the malware was downloaded 203 million times.
The 18 million infected devices belonged to users from the United States, but iOS users from China were the hardest hit with 55% of the victims.
In the letter, App Store VP Matthew Fischer discussed with colleagues the need to notify potential victims of a cyberattack. The experts discussed the process of notifying all 128 million affected users, localizing notifications to the language of each user, and “accurately including application names for each client.”
However, Apple never materialized its plans. An Apple spokesman was unable to provide evidence that the email was ever sent.
Catch up on more articles here