Now, Apple will be providing vetted white-hat security researchers with access to these devices, on goal, to aid with hunting down bugs in its code.
Although Apple launched its bug bounty program back in 2016, it was not only late to the game in encouraging hackers to come forward with security vulnerabilities found in its products, but in true Apple style it only opened it up to a small list of elite researchers, by invitation only. Apple announced the expanded offer at the Black Hat conference.More news: Super Eagles forward leaves Premier League for Monaco
At the same conference, software giant Microsoft also announced its Azure Security Lab, meant to give experts a sandbox-like safe environment to test its Cloud security services better.
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. The program is now open to anyone who wants to participate. It's the first time Apple has ever offered special devices specifically for security research purposes in this way. In earlier years, the security researcher has shown that various flaws in the macOS platform.
Apple has announced a bounty of $1 million to anyone who can hack into any iPhone.More news: IPhone Contacts App Vulnerable to SQLite Hack Attack: Check Point
According to fix specialists iFixit, the iPhones (XS, XR and XS Max) now show a "Service" message saying that the batteries need to be repaired, if they are not replaced by Apple. This, along with Apple's recent battery replacement program, which many iPhone users took advantage of, has adversely affected the sales of new iPhones.
For researchers who discover vulnerabilities in betas and pre-release software packages, a 50% bonus payout is offered on top, meaning a large-scale bug could net a researcher up to $1,500,000 in the most extreme of circumstances.
Apple may argue this software lock is there for safety reasons, since we all know that lithium batteries have a tendency to catch fire when not handled correctly. There will now be incentives for finding bugs in any of Apple's platforms, regardless of whether you're an established security expert or just a grassroots hacker sitting at home. Apple's previous highest bounty was $200,000 for friendly reports of bugs that can then be fixed with software updates and not leave them exposed to criminals or spies.More news: Fortnite World Cup champion swatted while live on Twitch