Apple Will Give You $1 Million If You Can Hack an iPhone

According to The Verge, Apple announced that it has expanded its existing bug bounty program to include macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iCloud.

At the time of launch, there were five different categories of risk and reward.

Unlike other technology providers, Apple previously offered rewards only to invited researchers who tried to find flaws in its phones and cloud backups.

Indeed, earlier in the year Apple hit the headlines after a teenager refused to disclose the details of a major security flaw in macOS, which related to the Keychain.

To top these off, Apple is also offering a select few security researchers a special iPhone that has several of the security layers pulled off. Notably, these "research fused" iPhones will also be more specialized than the "dev fused" iPhones that security researchers have had access to thus far, with setups designed expressly for tracking down security bugs, including ssh access, a root shell, and advanced debug capabilities.

The expansion of Apple's bug-bounty programs comes as data breaches are becoming increasingly common throughout the tech and financial industries.

This is, again, for gaining full control of the device remotely, without the user touching anything.

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Apple Decide to take this decision because, in recent days, there is a threat from hackers to break the security. It's a fair compromise; it means Apple lets security researchers do their jobs with deeper access while keeping everyday users safe.

'It's not a bug; it's a feature Apple wants, ' writes the company in a blog post.

Security experts have also noticed vulnerabilities in Apple's products in recent years.

Even the discovery of smaller weaknesses could result in a paycheck of $500,000 for hackers who find them for Apple's pre-release correction. In short, because Apple wasn't willing to pay him for the information, he wasn't willing to share, but it wasn't simply a selfish move on Henze's part, but rather an effort to force Apple's hand in expanding its bug bounty program - and it appears to have worked. It's that simple. Pairing batteries to iPhones is a gross overreach.

Now, if you install a non-official battery in an iPhone XS, XR or XS Max, Battery Health will display a "Service" notification that is usually used to indicate that there is a problem.

The new function comes amid a growing debate over whether people have the right to fix technology that they own.

  • Delia Davidson