The mobiles have the OS but there is problem with OS that it has vulnerabilities and those are discovered to millions of devices and make them insecure. Google and Apple continued to patch out the vulnerabilities and exploits and they were introduced each time as the update. The efforts were made to find the vulnerabilities and it benefits hacking groups and the intelligence agencies.
The vulnerability or exploit brokers buy and sell the information of these things, which they discover to exploit to the ones that will use it and they can make millions of dollars to just for one exploit.
Zerodium, An Exploit Broker
Zerodium is the exploit broker company and it announced to give $1.5 million to someone, who can disclose zero day exploit for iOS 10 of Apple. It is said that the highest amount, which went out for zero day exploits was $1 million last year. The person, who can jailbreak the latest and trendy iOS 10 remotely will get $1.5 million.
The bugs of iOS 9 were going up to $500,000 and the windows and Android flaws were moving about $100,000. The bugs or exploits of Android 7.0 Nougat will get $200,000 reward for this year and they increased the difficulty in get the flaws in it. Zerodium got the limited $1 million bounty during the winter last year for the vulnerabilities for iOS and it offered to pay multiple $ 1 million sums. In this way, the hacker group claimed the full repayment for it. The founder of Zerodium, Bekrar said that the $1.5 million bounty of Zerodium is for all time and it is provided for specific time period.
The security for both iOS 10 and Android 7 was increased so they have to increase the price and it would also attract more researchers all year round.
iOS 10 Jailbroken in Just a Day
iOS 10 was proved jailbroken by the teenager and he said that he did it within 24 hours. It is good but he did it remotely and did not make the changes to phone in person and it is something different. He deserves for robust $1.5 million. The Company of Bekrar sold these exploits to the governments and organization of North America and he also sold it to the agencies of the allied governments. It is doubtful that such a large incentive will be provided to someone, who jailbreaks the iPhone and it shows that it actually very hard to do.