Apple offers $1 million bounty for spotting iPhone security flaws

Article Image Apple is Reportedly Paying $1M to Anyone Who Can Hack an iPhone

"Luckily for us, SQLite databases are not signed", the researchers were quoted as saying.

"Wait, what? How come a four-year-old bug has never been fixed?" write the researchers in their document.

Check Point has already informed about the exploit and its research methodologies to Apple. The Cupertino company had its own reasons for not fixing the bug despite being aware of its existence. Reportedly, the bug seemed to be unimportant because it was believed that it could only be exploited by an unknown app. And iOS is a closed ecosystem with no room for unknown apps. But the usage is so versatile that they can trigger it on so many levels. It would be interesting to see whether Apple will fix the bug or leave it as it is. This spread covers eight years of devices (iOS 8 supports the 2011 iPhone 4S) and, with Tim Cook stating there are 1.4BN active iOS devices around the world, this is worrying news for the owners of pretty much all of them.

The bounty, which was announced by the iPhone-maker at the annual Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas, is the company's biggest ever. All they needed was some tape, a pair of spectacles, and an unconscious or sleeping iPhone user. But they noted that the technique could also be used to "expand and elevate our privileges".

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Recently, a group of hackers working for Google's Project Zero program uncovered a cache of flaws in Apple's software, which would allow hackers to gain access to your phone simply by sending you a message.

A security researcher earlier this year revealed he had discovered a security flaw in the macOS that could expose user passwords but kept it to himself, refusing to share the details with Apple because there was no bug bounty program in place for the operating system platform at the time. Moreover, the firm is supposedly rolling out its long-postponed bug bounty program for Mac.

With people growing more concerned about their digital privacy and how secure their personal data is, Apple is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to protecting its customers from hackers.

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