Sunday, October 2, 2016

The rising cost of cracking the iPhone

If you’ve got a way to crack iOS 10, you can get $1.5 million for it. That’s the bounty announced by exploit broker Zerodium yesterday, available to anyone who can pull off a remote jailbreak attack. When the company made the same offer for iOS 9 last year, the price was only $1 million.

On some level, it’s a simple PR play. By offering a big, splashy reward they ensure that the next time a researcher is looking to cash in an exploit or a spyware company is looking to buy one, Zerodium will be one of the first names they think of. But it also reflects an increasing reality for anyone in the business of breaking into iPhones. It’s hard work, and getting harder. Speaking to Wired, Zerodium was quite explicit about why the price had...

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