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Whatsapp and Signal: Zerodium Offers 500,000 US Dollars for Messenger Exploits

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 | Gadgets

Zerodone, the vulnerability dealer, will pay hackers in the future for vulnerabilities in encrypted messengers and other standard applications. Up to 500,000 US dollars are available for exclusively reported vulnerabilities in Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal, Facebook and Wechat. The maximum achievable reward is above the sum paid for code execution in current versions of Windows 10.

Vulnerabilities in trade fairs could also be highly praised because politicians in many countries repeatedly demand access to encrypted communications and demand "doorways" from manufacturers. However, whatsapp and other messenger operators reject such collaboration. Currently, authorities mostly only infect devices to monitor with a Trojan. It remains to be seen whether it is actually possible to gain the desired access via weak points in the apps.
In other areas as well, disbursements seem to be geared to the needs of investigators. The rewards for exploits in the Tor browser are now $ 100,000 instead of 30,000. Exploits in the ESR version of Firefox are repeatedly used for attacks by the FBI.
Jailbreak continues to be best paid
Also, there are some changes. For a jailbreak of current iOS versions, which can be played without a user action, Zerodium pays up to 1.5 million US dollars. Vulnerabilities in Windows 10 are rewarded with up to 300,000 US dollars. Working attacks on Apache servers bring up to $ 150,000.

Less vulnerable are obviously weak points in antivirus products. The disbursement for security products in the enterprise sector drops from 40,000 US dollars to only 10,000.

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