Zerodium, cyber security firm on Monday announced that it will reward $1 million to the one who can crack Apple’s AAPL 1.31% currently launched iOS 9 operating system- “the world’s most secure mobile OS.”
“Apple iOS, like all operating system, is often affected by critical security vulnerabilities, however due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple’s iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS,” the company stated in its blog post.
According to the rules of the bounty offer made public in September, the iPhone attack must “be achievable remotely, reliably, silently, and without requiring any user interaction except visiting a web page” or reading a text message.
“We planned initially to not release any information about the outcome of the bounty but we’ve decided to do it to inform the community about the security of iOS which is definitely very hardened but not unbreakable,” Vupen founder Chaouki Bekrar writes to WIRED.
In the last few years several tech companies such as Google and Facebook, introduced bug-bounty programs, offering bounty to the friendly hackers who find vulnerabilities and revealed them to the firm so that they can get fixed.
This exploit would allow them to get any security measures and get into the target’s iPhone to intercept calls, messages, and access data stored in the phone.