What you need to know
- An Apple leaks community insider was also working as a double agent for the company.
- Andrey Shumeyko had access to leaked information but also tried to help Apple clamp down on leaks.
- He is sharing his story because he believes he was taken advantage of, having never received compensation and having never worked for Apple.
An Apple leaks community insider was also working as a double agent with Apple to help identify the source of leaked information, a new report claims.
Andrey Shumeyko said he was sharing his story "because he felt that Apple took advantage of him and should have compensated him for providing the company this information."
Shumeyko reportedly struck up a relationship with Apple after alerting its Global Security team to a phishing campaign against Apple Store employees:
Shumeyko reportedly obtained a leaked copy of iOS 14, and tried to help Apple figure out how it had got out, offering information "about the person who allegedly purchased the iPhone 11 that contained the iOS 14 development build, the security researchers who got a leaked copy of the operating system, and a handful of people who apparently live in China and sell iPhone prototypes and other devices that appear to leak out of factories in Shenzhen."
He told Apple he'd found "the mole who helped him orchestrate the thing." Shumeyko reportedly stayed in touch with Apple for almost a year, providing more information that led to Apple sending out legal letters to leakers in China:
Unfortunately, Shumeyko apparently thought that helping Apple meant Apple would help him:
He reportedly lamented "Now it feels like I ruined someone for no good reason", having alerted Apple to an employee in Germany who worked on Apple Maps and was offering to sell access to an internal Apple account.
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