Apple now announces a great reward for those who are willing to find security difficulties in the Apple’s systems. The reward can almost get up to $200,000. This is the first time a company like Apple is doing an operation like this. So, this is certainly a huge step for this popular brand.
Apple never paid their security researchers before. Those security researchers have helped Apple to find bugs before. So the theory just changed this Thursday, when Ivan Krstic, the head of the security of Apple said that they will start paying the researchers and this will be their security bounty program. This was told by him at Black Hat Cyber Security Conference in Las Vegas.
Bug bounties have been a cyber security tack for huge software makers and internet companies like Yahoo or Microsoft.
Cyber security researchers have never been inhibited about exposing their findings like the flaws in an Apple system. Hackers do not have a big target at Apple because of their security towards their products, so getting bugs is a great achievement for a researcher.
Apple drew back when the government told their employees to help break the code on an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, in that terrorist attack in December. So the government had to hire an anonymous researcher to help encrypt the code.
The government is anticipated to have salaried more or less like $1 million for the hacking, but this cannot be stated surely.
Apple told the press that the bug bounty is intended to recognize how hard it is to find out a flaw in their systems.
Since the company has tensed up the safety around their products with the help of encryption technology, the dare is more immense now. This technology is in charge of controlling their software on the whole.
The prize depends on the flaws and where they have been found. This program will be launching in September. The program will be consisting of a small number of researchers who have worked with Apple in the past.