Apple Inc. has offered $1 million to researchers who can detect flaws in iPhone. It is the largest reward offered by a company to defend against hackers.
At the annual Black Hat security conference held in Las Vegas on Thursday, the company said that it would open the process to all researchers, add Mac software and other targets. Apple will offer a range of bounties for the most significant findings.
The full $1 million will go to researchers who can find a hack of the kernel—the core of iOS—with zero clicks required by the iPhone owner. Another reward is of $500,000 which will be given to those who can find a “network attack requiring no user interaction.” As well as, there is a 50% bonus for hackers who can find weaknesses in software before it’s released.
It is not the first time that Apple offers bounty to the researchers, the company’s previous highest bounty was $200,000 for friendly reports of bugs that can be later fixed with software updates and not leave them exposed to criminals or spies.