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Hackers Win $1 Million Bounty for Remotely Hacking latest iOS 9 iPhone

Written by: Dan C, on 2015-11-10

Last month, a Bug bounty challenge was announced by Zerodium for finding a hack that must allow an attacker to remotely compromise a non-jailbroken Apple device through:

  • A web page on Safari or Chrome browser,
  • In-app browsing action
  • Text message or MMS.

An unknown group of hackers has just sold a zero-day vulnerability to Zerodium, a startup by French-based company Vupen that Buys and Sells zero-day exploits. That means someone just found an iOS zero-day vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely hack your iPhone running the latest version of iOS, i.e. iOS 9.

Zerodium’s Founder Chaouki Bekrar confirmed on Twitter that an unnamed group of hackers has won this $1 Million Bounty for sufficiently submitting a remote browser-based iOS 9.1/9.2b Jailbreak (untethered) Exploit.

A traditional jailbreak process is usually used to deploy an alternative App Store, but in hands of Hackers or law enforcement agencies, the same exploit can allow them to install any app they want with full privileges i.e. SpywareMalware or Surveillance software.

Let’s see how much time Apple security team will now take to find out this open zero-day bug in its software and close the doors before it gets too late.