Apple Offers $1m To Anyone Who Can Hack An iPhone

Apple is offering hackers up to $1 million to hack into their iPhones and tell the company how they did it.
The bounty, which was announced by the iPhone-maker at the annual Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas, is the company’s biggest ever.

In the past, Apple limited its bug bounty program to a restricted list of friendly hackers, but it has now opened up the reward to everyone.
It will only pay out the top prize for a very specific hack:

Hackers will have to show that they can gain remote access to the very core of Apple’s iOS software without needing the target, the phone’s user, to take any action.Bug bounty programs, in which companies invite hackers to find vulnerabilities in their systems, have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way of preventing criminals from finding and exploiting those flaws first.

And Apple’s $1 million reward is in line with what hackers would likely be paid for uncovering such a bug.
Recently, a group of hackers working for Google’s Project Zero program uncovered a cache of flaws in Apple’s software, which would allow hackers to gain access to your phone simply by sending you a message.

But the Google hackers quietly shared the details with Apple, which fixed the flaws before the details were made public.A group of researchers have provided data from the Hubble Space Telescope which reveals there is water vapor in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet outside the solar system.

The findings of the scientists was published in a study published in preprint journal on Sept. 10, making the planet a plausible candidate in the search for alien life.
The exoplanet called K2-18b orbits a star smaller than the sun, but it is in the so-called “habitable zone” where it is warm enough for liquid water to exist on the planet’s surface.

The researchers also said that with its 33-day orbit around a cool 3 dwarf, the planet receives virtually the same amount of radiation from the star as the Earth receives from the sun.

“Thanks to our observations and our climate model of this planet, we have shown that its water vapour can condense into liquid water. This is a first,” said study researcher Björn Benneke, from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal.

The scientists also revealed that the planet which is located about 111 light-years away is nine times more massive than Earth meaning it is either an icy giant like Neptune or a rocky world with a thick and hydrogen-rich atmosphere.


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