www.theverge.com - 1 year ago

Exploit traders offer $1 million for a way to hack iOS 9

With millions of iPhones upgrading to iOS in recent days, security researchers are paying unprecedented sums for flaws in the new operating system. First reported by Wired, an exploit trader named Zerodium has announced a million-dollar bounty for any new flaws in iOS 9, allowing an attacker to compromise a non-jailbroken device through a web page, in-app browsing action, or text message. Because software downloads are tightly managed through the App Store, such flaws are particularly difficult to execute on iOS devices. But as the recent Xcode compromise demonstrates, the app store's protections can still be circumvented.

Researchers looking to claim the bounty will face an uphill battle, in part because of the strict time limit. To...

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