“Apple iOS, like all operating system, is often affected by critical security vulnerabilities, however due to the increasing number of security improvements and the effectiveness of exploit mitigations in place, Apple’s iOS is currently the most secure mobile OS. But don’t be fooled, secure does not mean unbreakable, it just means that iOS has currently the highest cost and complexity of vulnerability exploitation and here’s where the Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty comes into play.”
If Apple iOS can be breached … what chance has your network got?
You’ve probably read by now how cyber security firm Zerodium have paid out $1 million in their challenge for hackers to make a browser-based hack on Apple iOS9.
The iPhone and iPad iOS is generally considered to be the most secure mobile platform. And as iOS is a walled garden, you can bet it is inherently a lot more secure than the open network which most businesses have.
The iOS hack, sponsored by Zerodium to the tune of a million dollars, highlights that hacking is big business … whether it is done from a white or black hat perspective. And because the potential rewards are significant, hacking is now attracting some of the smartest talent in IT. Especially from countries where IT jobs are scarce and wages are low.
So how will Apple react? No doubt they were vigilant before the successful hack … but now they will likely double their efforts to secure iOS on a daily basis.
Of course at SecludIT we think a daily vulnerability assessment is the only way to stay on top of network security threats. Our Elastic Detector carries out almost 2 million virtual machine inspections a year. We don’t assess iOS devices, but for ‘bet your business’ networks it’s a popular choice.
— Zerodium (@Zerodium) November 2, 2015