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Hackers!! The term that scares us all. Have you ever imagined that hackers can be of some use too if taken in a positive direction? Well, who would have?
Here’s the story for today.
The team of 5 hackers- Brett Buerhaus, Ben Sadeghipour, Samuel Erb, Tanner Barnes and Sam Curry worked as a joint venture on a hacking project. The hackers, with specialty in web security found a total of 55 vulnerabilities out of which 11 were quite dicey while 29 were overhead. A very young researcher almost 20yr old, Sam Curry rated these 11 severity as critical because the team of 5 were easily able to access core Apple infrastructure and thereby steal private emails, iCloud data, and other secretive data. They were also able to take control of the Cupertino, California-based company’s source code repository that could have been used for threatening lots of iOS and macOS application users.
It was performed under the Apple’s bug-bounty program. According to Curry, Apple paid them a total of $51,500 in swapping of the personal reports associated with four vulnerabilities. He received an email from Apple that he is going to get an additional payment of about $237,000 for the rest 28 vulnerabilities. In return of which he replied with a shock of getting paid so high. Curry is expecting more than $500,000 total payout once Apple clears all the reports. After Curry reported them over a 3- month span, Apple swiftly fixed the insecure system.
What matters the most is that all the bugs that were discovered by the hackers have been fixed and re-tested now.