Challenge or encouragement? .. A million dollars from Apple to anyone around the world but on condition
Apple has announced that it will offer a reward of one million dollars to anyone who can penetrate the iPhone; which is an expansion of the bug-finding program for the technology giant, and is the highest number in the history of this reward.
The bug-finding rewards program was launched in 2016 and offered rewards of up to $ 200,000 for problems with iOS devices.
Apple Chief Security Officer Ivan Krstic announced major changes to the program on stage at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas last Thursday.
Starting this fall, the bonus will be increased to $ 1 million for the first time and will be extended to all Apple platforms, such as iOS, iCloud, TVOS, iPadOS and WatchOS and MacOS.
All you need to do to get a million dollars, is full control of the Apple device remotely, without the owner of the device to interact with him.
"This is a modern platform that Apple supports security research for the various iOS operating systems," Krstic told the conference.
There are even smaller rewards of up to $ 500,000 when other hardware vulnerabilities are found.
Apple will also begin offering a special iPhone to qualified security researchers, easier to penetrate than traditional iPhones, and specifically designed for developers to enable them to find security vulnerabilities so Apple can fix them before launching a new product.
"It is important for companies, especially those dealing with heaps of sensitive personal data, to have a way for the public to report errors and weaknesses," Martin Mikos, chief executive of the Hacker One error platform, said in a statement.
Error-finding programs have become common among technology companies, as hackers look for security gaps not detected by internal security teams, instead of exploiting the errors they submit back to companies to correct them, and in return for financial rewards.
The announcement comes at a time when data breaches are becoming increasingly common in the technical and financial industries.