Apple products often leak because they are hugely popular, the company protects its plans and people are willing to pay almost any information about the new product. New readable report from Motherboard shows that not all Apple leaks are selling on the rise, nor because of the data they are trading. Some leaks work for Apple.
MotherboardLorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai spoke to a dual agent named Andrey Shumeyko, an Apple leaker who began providing information to the company in 2017. By 2020 and iOS 14 leaked, Shumeyko actively tried to become an Apple mole, monitored and shared leaked hardware and software Apple’s Global Security Team hoping to get paid and “redeem themselves into this community.” There is a reason he spoke Motherboard first, however. Apple never paid for and “never considered me and me as a person,” Shumeyko says Motherboard.
What’s not interesting about Shumeyko’s story is that there are moles in the communities that sell Apple’s biggest secrets, but that Apple managed to keep Shumeyko sharing information for nearly a year. Hacking and destroying leaks can sometimes involve social planning, manipulating people, and not the technical tools they use. It’s just unusual to see such a clear version that it works differently, not complicatedly. In private messages, Apple complained about Shumeyko’s interest in the company and a sense of guilt – and it worked until it didn’t. An Apple employee told him this:
Understand that our goal is to protect Apple. All our operations are guided by the premise of what is best for the company, our employees and our customers (of which you are one). That’s why your help – and insights – are very important in understanding the threats we may face … Protect Apple properly. Keep it that way, you’re proud of yourself, so are we.
You should read Motherboardthe whole song to learn about all the leaks Shumeyko was involved in and the not-so-subtle ways Apple tried to manipulate him. Despite all the information, Apple is still a scary attempt to get involved.