Jailbreaking is in danger....
It has been reported by Forbes that Apple is meeting with a group of carefully selected hackers from the jailbreak world and beyond, in secret. The objective of the meeting is to brief the hackers about the upcoming launch of the company’s bug bounty program. As formerly discussed, the Black Hat Conference was used by apple earlier this year to declare the introduction of a program designed to reward security researchers and hackers to look for and report bugs in macOS and iOS.
It is reported that Apple has invited some of the best hackers in the world to participate in the confidential meeting, most probably to go through the details of the new bounty program before its official launch. The list of hackers includes Luca Rodesco, the first person to showcase in public a working jailbreak of iPhone 7. Nicholas Allegra, who is rather known by his online moniker Comex and was responsible for jailbreak solutions such as JailbreakMe, and Patrick Wardle, an ex-NSA employee who has been rather adamant regarding his lack of trust in the security within Apple’s desktop operating system.
Apple believes that these hackers, amongst others are talented enough to find critical, and therefore important, bugs in its macOS and iOS platforms. It has also been reported that other famous individuals who have been linked with jailbreak were present at Apple’s meeting. The list of names include Pedro Vilaca, Alex Ionescu, Jonathan Zdziarski, Steven De Franco aka iH8sn0w, Francisco Alonso, and Stefan Esser aka i0n1c who makes an extremely polarizing figure online because of his bold comments on all things security, jailbreak and Apple.It has also been heard that Apple had contacted Hao Xu, a current member of Pangu team, to take part in the meeting on line with the view of giving information on bugs within iPhone and iOS.
It is said that there were more people on the list but Apple has kept the list short and confidential. Apple is seeking to give away cash rewards of up to $200,000 for information linked to the critical vulnerabilities present in the system that power its devices, as part of the new bug bounty program. Apple has adopted a new approach. Instead of making the program public, the company has just selected a few individuals to help them in this matter in order to maintain efficiency. Now how Apples new venture will affect the future of public jailbreak releases in something we just have to wait and watch.