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Apple Declares War Against FBI with its New Bounty program

Apple vs. FBI privacy war has been well documented, and it looks like things are going to heat up even more with the introduction of new bounty program by Apple.

The tech giant has always tried its best to provide as much security as possible, but as always, there are some flaws which can then be exploited. However, Apple is looking to avoid the exploitation by providing huge monetary benefits to the ones who discover them.

Upon finding each exploit, hackers or their organizations will be awarded a ton of money. The rates for finding different flaws are as follows.

  • Secure boot firmware components – up to $200,000.
  • Extraction of confidential material protected by the Secure Enclave Processor – up to $100,000.
  • Execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges – up to $50,000.
  • Unauthorized access to iCloud account data on Apple servers – up to $50,000.
  • Access to sandboxed processes to user data outside of the sandbox – up to $25,000.

Now that’s a whole lot of money. If you find a security flaw and just release it on the web, then you gain absolutely nothing, but with this new program, you have a chance to earn a ton of cash.

It sure is a great program, but FBI won’t be too happy about it because it has been looking to find the backdoor in Apple’s security for quite some time but haven’t been able to do so. Now with bounty program in place, the little chance they had for finding an exploit is also gone.

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