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Apple Data Breaches: Timeline Upto January 2023

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Fixing the zero-day vulnerabilities that are identified in the devices such as iPhones, and Mac asap has become a challenging task in the IT industry. Massive exploitation of data breaches happening on Apple devices is the main reason behind it.

Regardless, of to what scale the attack occurred, Apple has taken the safe and secure access of the users extremely seriously.

The security of a device is a never-ending issue. So it has stated that its customers should be confident as they are keeping efforts to bring forth improvised IOs features on their devices further.

Also, acknowledged in its reports stating that even though hackers exploit these vulnerabilities, they couldn’t get into much more detail about the personal information of the customers.

Their product security team all over the world was struggling to accomplish the IOs software that no longer serves the purpose of the hackers.

September 2022 – Apple Data Breach

On the 12th of September, security updates has been released by Apple to fix their devices from zero-day vulnerabilities that are recently recognized.

The Apple devices that are mainly affected include iPhones, Macs, iPads, and more. This was the eighth Zero-day vulnerability that Apple needs to patch the cause in 2022.

The company did not show interest in exploitation and its scale. Instead, reports say that they are aware of the malicious act and were ready to solve this with security updates.

August 2022 – Apple Data Breach

As Apple offers IOS 15.7 and IOS 16, whatever you choose for your iPhone or any other Apple device it’s time you need to update immediately. On the 17th of August Apple updated iPadOS, iOS, and macOS to patch two types of security vulnerabilities.

Manual installation of security updates provides security to your iPhone, especially, from recently identified zero-day vulnerabilities.

Currently, attackers are actively focused on using these vulnerabilities in order to fulfill their purpose of gaining credentials or any personal information of the customers or else any crucial data of the banks or the companies.

One such vulnerability is the Webkit. The WebKit vulnerability literally allows and executes code for the malicious WebPages on the device and another one involves the kernel of the operating system.

The WebKit potentially underpins major apps such as Safari where as the other vulnerability destructs the Kernel of the operating system.

The operating system vulnerability allows and executes arbitrary code with kernel privileges, giving it as much broad power over the infected device.

The company acknowledged in its reports that this issue of vulnerabilities is actively exploited by hackers but they could not go into much detail if you could make sure your device is installed with its security updates.

To ensure the security of your device, simply click on the settings, check for any updates available and update the device before any urgency.

September 2021- Apple Data Breach

In 2021, Pegasus named spyware is identified by researchers as it infects iPhones and more Apple devices through a zero-click exploit.

This allows the spyware to power over the user’s device. When the device is infected, the spyware easily records the calls, and messages, and even turns on the camera and microphone without the user’s intervention—giving much more space for the hacker to gain the required details of the user.

An Israeli company named NSO group has introduced this Pegasus spyware. This spyware would presumably be used to investigate terrorists and criminal enterprises.

The government authorities of Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and many other developed countries bought this spyware from the Israel Company, which also used this, to spy on journalists, activists, politicians, and many other celebs.

Apple soon patched the exploit caused by the hackers. The battle between legitimate companies and spyware developers such as the NSO groups is growing continuously.

If your credentials are high and you are uncertain about your privacy matters on your device then. It is the right time for you should update your IOS device manually.

January 2019 – Apple Data Breach

Google started serious research and discovered that a massive number of iPhones are affected due to data exploitation. Monitoring the spyware through false websites on the iPhone is the reason why users get infected.

Later, hackers could simply access all the passwords, the address book, and even the message history.

After discovering this, they reported the issue of data exploits to Apple. Then, Apple immediately, within days, patched the exploitation. Information about the number of iPhones affected is partially declared or unclear.

From the company’s perspective, the exploit affected a particular set of iPhone users who involves less than a dozen sites focusing on Uighur community content.

September 2015 – Apple Data Breach

In 2015, a hacker group created some malicious Xcode, this is a developmental tool for IOs and OSX. This XcodeGhost is the hacked version that includes malware and provides hackers with entire device information including its unique identifier.

At times, XcodeGhost was utilized by app developers in China and almost developed up to 4000 apps.

Whenever these apps containing bugs and vulnerabilities are installed into the device from the App store, their devices get affected and personal data will be exposed to the hacker.

Without any wonder, this breach massively affected 128 million iPhone users, of which 18 million are from the United States.

However, Apple is not ready to disclose to what extent data breaches happened to iPhone users. Even though utmost discussions were raised in the industry, Apple strongly rejected to inform exact details of affected users.

Finally, in 2021 May, a lawsuit named as part of Epic Games’ forced Apple to confess the breach details and its extent.

August 2015 – Apple Data Breach

Jailbroken devices are targeted by attackers using malware like Key Raider. Using this, they could easily access private keys, certificates, online purchase receipts, login credentials, and more.

Approximately about 2,25,000 iPhone users were already attacked. Apple strictly treated jailbreaking as a violation of the end-user license agreement.

Doing so has helped attackers in aligning their way to do unauthorized purchasing, use the credentials, and access personal data.

Only this malware can show its impact on jailbroken devices. The extent of the breach caused a huge impact on Apple devices.

Still, in Apple devices, this particular breach only affected users who made changes that are unauthorized by the company on their devices. 

September 2014 – Apple Data Breach

In 2014 September, a data breach has been done targeting specific people hackers. Compromising the login details of credentials, breaching is done in the celebrities’ iCloud accounts.

From this, they accessed, hundreds and hundreds of nude photographs of celebs and posted them publicly on the 4chan online forum.

This is merely a spear phishing attack and included efforts to attain login details of credentials to dive into their private accounts. Apple particularly denied the iCloud attack and reported that this breach doesn’t involve security questions and passwords.

Simply stating like this doesn’t mean that Apple has no responsibility regarding this incident. Instead, it took an action for improvised security for the iCloud login. Later, it provided a two-factor authentication to prevent future breaches of this version.

July 2013 – Apple Data Breach

The impact of the Apple data breach on consumers is not direct but it exposed the data of 275,000 third-party developers who were registered using the Apple developer portal.

After the attacker exploits the vulnerability, Developer names, IDs, mailing details, and email addresses are revealed.

Meanwhile, the person responsible for asserting the breach proved that they don’t have nefarious intentions towards exposing bugs. Instead, they confessed and reported their entire discovery to Apple to take appropriate action against the vulnerability and data exploitation.

They stated that they alarmed well to the tech giant about the bugs and the portal was offline and handed over.

Finally, Apple revealed that some unauthorized person accessed the entire system. In addition, the personal information of the registered developers has been hacked and exposed. Data breaches and their impact on specific developers forced them to reset their passwords.

Password details were never explicitly displayed before in this way. The fact is clear that the attacker created bugs that allowed passwords visible or else copied the password-related data.

August 2012 – Apple Data Breach

AntiSec is a hacker group that played a crucial role by revealing about 12 million Apple device IDs to the world online. There was a rumor spread in the industry that they claimed the data from an FBI agent’s computer.

However, the tables were turned out and it was proved that Blueload is the company that develops apps releasing the device IDs.

Whatever the case may be Apple didn’t play any role in such a major and specific data leakage. Even sure that customers were affected in a massive way.

June 2010 – Apple Data Breach

In 2010 june, a brute force attack has been done by hackers stalking the email addresses of 114,000 iPad users in AT&T’s phone network.

The vulnerability and its exploitation are completely in the hands of AT&T. It happened through their network, not through Apple devices or services.

Earlier than this, there is no such record of data breaches, especially in Apple devices.

Kevin James

Kevin James

I'm Kevin James, and I'm passionate about writing on Security and cybersecurity topics. Here, I'd like to share a bit more about myself. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity from Utica College, New York, which has been the foundation of my career in cybersecurity. As a writer, I have the privilege of sharing my insights and knowledge on a wide range of cybersecurity topics. You'll find my articles here at, covering the latest trends, threats, and solutions in the field.