Exploit broker will pay $1.5 million for iOS 10 remote jailbreak

By Shawn Knight
Sep 30, 2016
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  1. Mobile operating system makers often find themselves engaged in a cat and mouse game with security researchers and hackers. With each successive OS release, it becomes a bit more difficult to uncover exploits which makes them all the more valuable.

    Companies like Apple and Google would love for researchers to disclose vulnerabilities directly to them so they can be patched. As a token of their appreciation, the person or group that finds and reports a flaw often gets a monetary reward and praise for their good deed.

    When it comes to disclosure, however, the hacker or researcher that finds a flaw has a couple of different options. They can keep it to themselves, “do the right thing” and submit it to the OS maker in hopes of a reward, sell it on the black market or offer it up to an “exploit broker” like Zerodium which sells exploits to various government agencies, technology firms, defense corporations and so on.

    Why go with the latter, you ask? One word – money.

    Zerodium, for example, recently said it would offer up to $1.5 million to anyone that can successfully demonstrate a remote jailbreak of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 10.

    As Wired points out, this isn’t the first time Zerodium has offered a big payout. Last fall, the controversial company offered a limited-time $1 million bounty for an iOS vulnerability. Apparently only a single group claimed the prize. This year, Zerodium sweetened the pot even further by increasing the payout to the aforementioned $1.5 million and making it permanent (no limited-time offer).

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  2. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 181   +42

    I am assuming they want to find out who has talent beyond their own programmers and 1.5million is a little bit to find that out. Oh I think I will sit this one out and see who is foolish enough to take such small pittance for breaking something
  3. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 222   +143

    1.5 mil is "small pittance" ? Hey there, Rockefeller Jr. !! Also a distinguished member of the tautology club :)
    wastedkill likes this.

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