Student Discovers Bug In Mac’s Webcam. Apple Rewards him with $100,500


The security of Apple’s operating systems is built into the foundation. Based on its knowledge of developing one of the world’s most advanced mobile operating systems, the California-based company has developed security architectures that handle mobile, watch, desktop, and home requirements.

Apple products are usually made of a combination of hardware, software, and services that are designed to work together for maximum security and a seamless user experience, with the ultimate objective of protecting personal information.

An Apple employee rewarded a cybersecurity student, Ryan Pickren, with $100,500 (approximately Rs 75,54,000) for discovering a vulnerability in Mac computers’ webcams.

Pickren identified the new camera vulnerability as affecting Safari and iCloud, reports Apple Insider. Hackers now have access to all web-based accounts, including iCloud and PayPal, as well as the ability to use the microphone, camera, and screen sharing. Furthermore, hackers might have taken advantage of Safari’s ‘web archive’ files.

In a recent blog post, Ryan Pickren wrote about a vulnerability that allows hackers to access cameras on Mac machines via iCloud Sharing and Safari 15. Apple has since patched these vulnerabilities.

The Cupertino-based company’s most enormous bug bounty to date is $100,500. Apple AirTag was previously hacked in May 2021, modifying the device’s firmware. Apple created the AirTag to help users keep track of their lost items.

According to 9To5Mac, a German cybersecurity researcher has hacked Apple’s Bluetooth-enabled tracker, a first for the gadget. Despite paying Pickren $100,500 through its bug bounty program, Apple has not responded to the issue.

Anyone who discovers a defect in Apple’s software or products can earn up to $1 million (roughly Rs 7,51,00,000) through Apple’s bug bounty program. Apple maintains a list of the maximum payouts for security problem reports by category.