You would think that by now, device operating systems would be unhackable, but that is, unfortunately, not the case. Strangely enough the lastest iOS version 12.1 was recently infiltrated during a contest in Tokyo. Apple, acknowledged the zero-day exploit and the hackers were paid a bounty of $50,000 for finding the flaw(s). No word yet on if it has been fixed in iOS 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 (latest) updates.
A pair of hackers have earned themselves $50,000 for a hack of an iPhone X that allowed them to grab a photo that was supposed to have been deleted from the device.
Benevolent hackers Richard Zhu and Amat Cama teamed up as Fluoroacetate to come up with an attack on an Apple device running the latest iOS (12.1) that exploited weaknesses in the Safari browser. Apple has now been informed, as per the rules of the Mobile Pwn2Own contest that’s wrapping up Wednesday in Tokyo
Another site says it was $60,000.
The hackers were graciously rewarded a $60,000 prize for demonstrating their ability to break into Apple’s iOS 12.1 operating system.
Apple often pays significantly more for information concerning security vulnerabilities in their software, but the Pwn2Owned contest potentially provided added benefit to the hackers by helping them earn a reputation in their field.
Immediately following the competition, Apple was notified about the security hole such that it could be patched in a future update to iOS. Nevertheless, the exploit will be released after Apple officially patches it, which means it could potentially offer help jailbreak community hackers in their efforts to conceive an iOS 12.1 jailbreak.
For iPhone and iPad owners who have upgraded to Apple iOS 12.1, it is easy to hack your phones with a simple phone call. And worryingly, anyone can do it. …
The flaw is specific to iOS 12.1 as it doesn’t work on any other version of iOS and, ironically, worst affected are premium iPhones as cheaper models like the iPhone XR, iPhone SE and older iPhone 6 don’t have 3D Touch. …
On Sept 26, Videosdebarraquito discovered a passcode bypass that gave access to contacts and photos from the lock screen. Apple has since patched that security flaw, but Videosdebarraquito has discovered a new one that affects all iPhones running iOS 12.1 and 12.1.1 beta.
Crazy, right? So is this:
One iPhone reportedly got hot and exploded during an update:
Tip: Use the offical Apple chargers and cables only, and charge on a flat hard surface away from textiles. If your phone heats up too much, get your free battery replacement at an Apple repair shop.