Apple, American multinational tech company, is offering the sum of $1 million to anyone who can hack into their iPhones and tell the company how they did it.
The iOS bug bounty was announced by Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, at the annual Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The new bounty, which was first reported by Forbes, promises to pay the said amount for a single attack technique that a researcher discovers and shares discreetly with Apple.
The bug bounty, reported to be the highest ever offered by any tech company, would be open to all researchers in the fall as against Apple’s previous practice of restricting it to an invite-only list of firms.
While the full $1 million will be given to those who hack the kernel, the core of iOS, with zero clicks required by the owner of the device, another $500,000 will go to those who find a “network attack requiring no user interaction.”
Additionally, the tech giant also staked a 50 percent bonus for hackers who find vulnerabilities in its software before release.
This also extends to all of Apple’s platforms including iOS, Cloud, tvOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and Apple TV operating systems with smaller rewards available for similar tasks
Apple’s upping the ante for its bug bounty program comes in the wake of a growing private market where hackers sell information on glitches in these devices to governments for vast sums.