Zerodium, an exploit acquisition platform specializing in vulnerability research, awarded a team of hackers $1 million for their successful jailbreak of Apple’s iOS 9.1 on Monday. The prize was awarded after the team successfully completed a contest proposed by Zerodium earlier this year, Wired reported.
The hackers figured out a way to hack an iPhone or iPad by having the unsuspecting device visit a certain website. Zerodium reported only two teams of hackers enrolled in the challenge, and one completed the entire attack whereas the other only completed a partial jailbreak.
The first reportedly successful iOS 9 breach was completed by a Chinese group, but required physical access to the targeted device. The rules for the bounty proposed by Zerodium outlined the winning attack must be remote and as silent as possible, meaning little contact with the device user. Zerodium’s founder, Chaouki Bekrar, will likely sell the iOS exploit to a U.S. customer.
Apple’s iOS is usually thought of as impenetrable, but this recent successful attack raises the question of data security on Apple devices.
To read more details of the bounty, visit the contest site here.