Apple Has Started Paying Hackers for iPhone Exploits

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In 2016, Apple’s head of security surprised the attendees of one of the biggest security conference in the world by announcing a bug bounty program for Apple’s mobile operating system iOS.

At the beginning, Apple struggled to woo researchers and convince them to report high-value bugs. For the researchers, the main issue was that the bugs they discovered were too valuable to report to Apple, despite rewards as high as $200,000. Companies like GrayShift and Azimuth made an entire business out of exploiting vulnerabilities in Apple products, while other researchers didn’t want to report bugs so they could keep doing research on iOS.

But two years later, some researchers are finally reporting vulnerabilities to Apple, and the company has begun

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