Zerodium Offers $1 Million Bounty For iOS 9 Jailbreak
Zerodium, a zero-day exploit vendor, has announced that it will pay a whopping $1 million to any security researcher who is able to successfully submit a jailbreak for Apple’s iOS 9. The company says it’s willing to offer up to three such rewards for a total of $3 million.
Described as “the premium zero-day acquisition platform,” Zerodium specializes in buying and selling zero-day vulnerabilities in popular software. It purchases software bugs from researchers at premium prices but doesn’t inform the companies that make the software.
The company then sells those exploits to its customers, which are said to include governments and law enforcement agencies.
As for why Zerodium is willing to pay such a huge price for iOS 9 jailbreak, the company says that’s because Apple’s latest mobile OS comes with many security enhancements and patches, which make it much harder to exploit.
The company had the following to say on its website about the Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty:
Apple iOS, like all operating systems, 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. But don’t be fooled, secure does not mean unbreakable, it just means that iOS has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation, and here’s where the Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty comes into play.
The $1 million exploit prize will remain open until Oct. 31 but will be closed if the total $3 million bounty has been paid out by Zerodium before that time.