Apple Inc. has worked hard to make iOS 9 the best mobile system out there, but the firm hasn’t gotten everything right. Real flaws are hard to find in iOS 9, but if you come across one, you can sell it for $1 million.
The roll out of iOS9 has been faster than any Apple OS before it, but there have been certain problems in ensuring the stability of the system. That’s what a research group hopes to exploit in order to learn more about Apple.
$1 million is the reward being offered by cyber-security firm Zerodium for those who find major flaws in the latest iOS release from Apple. The reward will be offered for those that can find a way to secretly install software on an Apple device running iOS 9 through a text message or a web page. That’s a tall order for devs, but the $1 million prize may be worth hacking for.
$1 million for iOS 9 hacks
The US cyber-security firm, which was launched by French specialist Chaouki Bekrar, says iOS 9 is rigorous in its security. “But don’t be fooled. Secure does not mean unbreakable, it just means that iOS has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation and here is where the million dollar iOS 9 bug bounty comes into play,” he added.
The $1 million reward will be paid out to up to three individuals or teams that manage to find a major flaw in iOS 9. The firm said that Apple had not been contacted about the bounty.
It’s not likely that a savant child or a focused hobbyist will be able to break the security that Apple has set up to help those that use its devices.
Zerodium wants to find those flaws, and is willing to pay $1 million for them, so that it can get insight into the problems that iOS still holds for those using Apple hardware in business and government work. Apple has a reputation for being secure, and that reputation has real backing in the design of iOS 9. That’s why the price paid for flaws is so high.
Apple security isn’t what it used to be
On Tuesday Apple head of marketing Phil Schiller came out in public to explain the recent hack of the firm’s app store in China. Mr. Schiller said that about 25 apps were hit with the XCodeGhost malware, and warned users in the Asian country from downloading them.
Mr. Schiller told Chinese outlet Sina.com that there was no reported case of the malware changing user data, or sending it anywhere else. That’s a relief for those who installed some of the major apps that were infected with the malware, but the hack shows that Apple is far from safe.
The firm is much safer than Android, however, and it’s one of the safest systems, in terms of third party hacks, out there right now. That’s why, should you find one, you can sell a major exploit to Zerodium for $1 million.