In September, startup “bug hunter” Zeriodium announced that it would give a reward of $ 1 million to anyone who managed to unlock an iPhone with iOS 9 remotely, through a text message or through the browser. On Monday, 2, a group of hackers received the award.

Naturally, the names and technique used by the winners of the dispute were not revealed. Basically, the goal was for hackers to offer Zerodium full access to an iPhone remotely, jailbreak it via an SMS or MMS message, or through Google Chrome or Safari.

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To get an idea of ​​the complexity of the task, the last time an iPhone was unlocked remotely was at the time of the launch of iOS 7, in 2013. At the time, the jailbreak depended on a series of system flaws being exploited time for the hack to work remotely.

What draws the most attention in the news, however, is the value of the prize, equivalent to R $ 3,8 million. Where does this money come from? Zeriodium sells information about security holes and system vulnerabilities to electronics manufacturers themselves and their commercial rivals.

In the past, the company (under another name) went on to turn in millions of dollars providing insider information to the United States National Security Agency, the NSA. The same one that was exposed to the whole world by former analyst Edward Snowden because of his espionage and invasion of privacy practices.

For Zeriodium, $ 1 million is not so much compared to what it can earn from this iOS 9 remote jailbreak.

With Motherboard