The notorious zero-day broker company Zerodium has raised the value for a remote IOS jailbreak that reached $1.5 million.
The popular zero-day broker Zerodium, which is specialized in Buys and Sells zero-day exploits, has tripled the bug bounty for a remote iOS 10 exploit. The company is willing to pay a jailbreak vulnerability to US$1.5 million.
Zerodium first offered a bug bounty of US$500,000 for remote iOS 9 jailbreaks, the company then rewarded US$1 million to a group of hackers for disclosing a iOS zero-day vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely hack any Phone.
Last offer demonstrates the intent of the company to attract bug hunters to develop remote iOS jailbreaks. Of course behind the decision of the firm, there is a significant increase in the demand for zero-day exploits for both Apple and Android mobile platforms as confirmed by the Zerodium CEO Chaouki Bekrar.
Zerodium also announced to have doubled rewards for remote rooting flaws on the most recent Android versions, Marshmallow and Nougat, the company is willing to pay US$200,000.
Below the payout table disclosed by the Zerodium firm.
Zero-day exploits are valuable commodities in the hacking underground, several governments have dedicated cyber units to the discovery and exploitation of unknown vulnerabilities, but in some cases, they are sold by private entities in the criminal underground.
The rewards offered by the zero-day brokers are greater than the payouts of the vendors of the vulnerable products.
In the case of Apple for example, the awards are lower than Zerodium, bug hunters can earn up to $200,000 for a critical vulnerability affecting the secure boot firmware components, up to $100,000 for a flaw that could be exploit to extract sensitive data protected by the Secure Enclave, up to $50,000 for arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges and unauthorized access to iCloud account data, and up to $25,000 for access from a sandboxed process to user data outside the sandbox.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.