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In a first, Apple announces Rs 1 cr bug bounty programme for iOS

India TV Tech Desk New York August 05, 2016 12:32 IST
India TV Tech Desk

Apple Inc. has announced to offer rewards of $200,000 (Rs 1 crore) to those who find critical security bugs in its products, joining the list of firms that already offer rewards for uncovering vulnerabilities.

Announcing this at the Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas, Apple's Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, Ivan Krstic, said the programme will offer cash rewards for working exploits that target the latest version of iOS or the most recent generation of hardware, Tech Crunch reported.

Set for launch in September, the invitation-only bug bounty programme will be open to researchers who have previously made valuable vulnerability disclosures to Apple.

"However, Apple won't turn away new researchers if they provide useful disclosures," the report said.

The programme is limited to five bugs categories -- the most valuable category is worth up to $200,000 for vulnerabilities that compromise the secure boot firmware components.

To be eligible, researchers will need to provide a proof-of-concept on the latest iOS and hardware.

Bug bounty programmes are increasingly becoming popular with tech companies.

Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have bug bounty programmes in place for years.

Google paid more than $2 million in bug bounties to researchers last year, mostly for Android vulnerabilities.

(With inputs from IANS)