It was more of a lottery for the hackers and crackers around the globe, when the cyber security firm Zerodium offered a whopping 1 million dollars to hack through Apple’s toughest OS till date, the iOS 9. As the iOS is notorious for its bulletproof design, so much so that CIA raised concerns about it after released of its predecessor iOS 8 which uniquely encrypted all the data making them unretrivable, the bounty makes sense for the data scientists and the hackers alike to look at the loopholes.


Zerodium, an American high-profile startup by the French online security expert ChaoukiBekrar, said that as many as three people/teams will be rewarded if they find the loopholes to the nearly invincible iOS 9 upgraded in the latest iPhones and iPads. The rules of the game are pretty simple: the hackers must create a webpage or text message which can relentlessly exploit the bugs and loopholes of the new OS and install an application on the device. As famous as iOS’s security is among people, so much so that it quips over Android among many organizations to be more dependable, this is going to be a tough game to win. And to top it all up, the deadline is October 31, 2015.

Zerodium admits that Apple’s security is unbeatable in the market, but not unbreakable. “But don’t be fooled,” stated the company, ”Secure doesn’t mean unbreakable, it means that Apple’s iOS firmware has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation and here is where the million dollar iOS 9 bug bounty comes in play.” Rightly so, if this feat is pulled off by anyone on this Earth, that genius deserves nothing more than 1 million dollars.

Security of iOS

Before a week, the popular iPhone blogging website UnlockBoot recently has posted a guide on how to hack iCloud account using a web based tool. The security of iOS is multi-layered, vulnerable alone but very effective when united. The hackers need to tackle those vulnerable layers in the software and hit on the weakest link. But it isn’t as easy as it seems. The process is very complex, and what Zerodium stated among its rules is that it has to be simple as ABC. That is where the hackers have a challenge.


Many researchers have already shown interest in the moolah, and if iOS 9 can be exploited well, then it may prompt Apple to fix their bug as soon as possible. So let the prize go to the most deserving, and let us benefit from this to save our data on our iPod/iPhone.