This reward came after the group, consisting of five, reported to Apple that there were 55 errors, 11 of which were extremely dangerous, including a loophole that would have allowed attackers to steal iCloud photos and files.
And these “hackers” act as “white hat” pirates who do not pirate with the aim of harm and intrusion, or for criminal purposes. Their aim is to alert Apple and not steal information or data on their users.
The team is headed by Sam Curry (20) who has worked alongside Brett Bauerhouse, Ben Sadghapour, Samuel Earp and Tanner Barnes.
“I’ve never worked on Apple’s bug bounty program, so I really had no idea what to expect, but I said why not try my luck and see what I could find?” Curry said in a post. “Although there were no guarantees regarding payments or an understanding of how the program works, everyone said yes, and we started piracy,” he added.
Apple has paid the group 288,500 dollars so far through the “Big-Bounty” program, a program that Apple had launched, to hunt vulnerabilities and detect errors in its company’s systems.
Perhaps the most terrible gaps and vulnerabilities that the group found, and reported by Apple, were those that would have allowed intruders to build software that would steal users’ iCloud files.
Cybersecurity experts who reviewed the research by the Curry team said that although some of the severe vulnerabilities were worrisome, they reflect inherent challenges that must be anticipated for a company that maintains such a massive infrastructure through the Internet.
In the context, Carey said: Apple corrected all the vulnerabilities shortly after reporting them.
Apple confirmed in a statement to Business Insider, correcting the errors, and said: It appreciates the work of the white hat hackers, adding that the security flaws have been corrected, and there is no evidence of their exploitation by malicious parties.
“At Apple, we vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals who work to detect and respond to threats. Once we alerted researchers to the problems they detailed in their report, we promptly fixed the vulnerabilities, and took steps to prevent issues from being hit,” an Apple spokesperson said. This kind in the future. ”
He continued: “We appreciate our cooperation with security researchers to help keep our users safe, and we have given credit to the team for helping them and we will reward them with the rewards program.”
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