This Company Is Offering A Hefty Sum Of Money For Anyone Who Can Hack The iPhone
It’s no secret that iPhones, along with most other smartphones and just technology in general really, mean big business, but now one company is offering a VERY HEFTY reward if anyone can do something rather different to what you do with your phone on a day-to-day basis.
That special thing being jailbreaking the iPhone’s latest operating system, iOS 10.
Wired reports that exploit broker Zerodium has announced that their new ‘bounty’ for zero-day (an unknown vulnerability in software and its security) exploits is now $1.5million, which will go to whoever can complete a remote jailbreak of iOS 10.
The reward stands at $200,000 for Android 7 Nougat exploits.
Company found Chaouki Bekrar explained: “We’ve increased the price due to the increased security for both iOS 10 and Android 7. We would like to attract more researchers all year long.”
Apple, meanwhile, has an ‘invite-only bug programme’, which gives hackers a $200,000 reward to find flaws and report them to the company.
Jailbreaker C0deH4cker told Vice Motherboard: “Now that Apple has a well-paying bug bounty, companies like Zerodium will have to pay more to convince researchers to sell their bugs rather than responsibly disclosing them to Apple.”
They added: “I would rather responsibly disclose iOS vulnerabilities I find to Apple than sell them. If I were to sell a ‘remote jailbreak’ (which is just a euphemism for ‘complete remote takeover’) to a company like Zerodium, the security vulnerabilities will not get fixed.
“Also, I would have no idea what my exploits would be used for or who the final buyer would be, such as a domestic or foreign government agency. That’s where the balance of morals and money comes in.”
While some might be working to complete this hack, a 19-year-old has already claimed to have jailbroken the phone. Wowsers.
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