Google hacker asks Tim Cook to donate $2.45 million in unpaid iOS bug bounties

“Apple’s iPhone is one of the most—if not the most—secure consumer device on the planet. That hasn’t stopped a small dwindling group of hackers from finding flaws in it,” Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reports for Motherboard. “In 2016, Apple invited those hackers to report the bugs to the company, offering six figures rewards for their bugs, perhaps in an attempt to stop them from selling them to other high-paying startups.”

“In the last few years, one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters has been working for Project Zero, Google’s elite hacker team dedicated to finding zero-days in other companies’ products, quashing bug after bug,” Franceschi-Bicchierai reports. “His name is Ian Beer and some consider him the best iOS hacker out there.”

Franceschi-Bicchierai reports, “On Wednesday, after a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Beer tweeted a message to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, challenging him to pay for each bug he has reported since 2016, and asking him to donate $2.45 million to human rights group Amnesty International.”

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    1. Not to Amnesty International. This organization is funded by pro-regime change wars/coups think tanks, and hence the overwhelming majority of its “humanitarian” activity is targeted at the official enemies. They do sometimes critique the USA, but it is a small activity that is only meant to legitimate all of the organization’s propaganda activity, that included white-washing Al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria (where the terrorists were/are funded for proxy regime change wars), and smear the countries’ secular non-sectarian governments with zero-evidence claims of atrocities that come from e.g. Qatari-funded and hosted “defectors”.

  1. I sure hope Apple looks over this with due diligence. One it’s great advertising and two there may have been an economic gain by the notification he’s given. Should be a nice topic to follow up on.

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