Apple is offering a $1 million reward to anyone who can hack an iPhone as part of the company’s newly-expanded bug bounty program.
The tech giant’s head of security engineering Ivan Krsti recently shared the news at a conference in Las Vegas.
Previously, the program was invite-only and the highest reward was $200,000. And for the first time, the program will include all Apple platforms, including iOS, iCloud, tvOS, iPadOS, watchOS and macOS.
The full $1 million will go to a hacker who can gain full control of an iPhone without the phone’s owner interacting with it.
The company will pay out $1 million to security researchers that can carry out what is known as a zero-click full chain kernel execution attack with persistence.
That means anyone who can get to the core of Apple’s iOS operating system and gain control of an iPhone in a way that wouldn’t require any user interaction would be eligible for the payout, as Forbes and TechCrunch explain.
Bug bounty programs have become increasingly popular among tech companies, offering hackers financial incentives for reporting security flaws missed by the companies instead of exploiting them. Krsti? said Apple’s bug bounty program has been a success since its inception, with 50 serious bugs reported since 2016.