Each time Apple launches a new iOS version, the public expects a jailbreak tool within weeks or months. However, this does not seem to be the case for iOS 10 which debuted in September, with regards to the tool coming from Pangu. While the famous hacking team showed a demo of a working iOS jailbreak tool at the Mobile Security Conference in Shanghai via a Cydia screen-cast and hackers are said to already have the jailbreak tool for this update, not much action was observed. Conversely, another team was able to develop a tool and this was released a few days ago.
Spectators believe that the absence of exploits for iOS 10 and the jailbreak tool itself has something to do with the “bug bounty program” offered by Apple to hackers. By way of an invite-only signup, hackers are encouraged to find flaws and vulnerabilities in the iCloud and iOS that they will report to the company. In return, a reward that can reach up to $200,000 will be given to eligible hackers. This strategy will prevent possible actions to exploit the bugs but instead help Apple discover vulnerabilities and immediately be patched to improve the security of the system.
This can be a win-win situation for both the company and the invited hackers since bugs can be fixed earlier and exploits will be minimized while those who will submit vulnerability reports will be earning thousands of dollars. However, skeptics are saying that this will not totally erase the possibility of the rest of the hackers who will not be included in the program to get into the iOS system. True enough, there have been reports that the jailbreak tool for iOS 10 has made its way into the system and is already working on Apple devices like iPhones, iPods and iPads.
Read more about the recent iOS 10 jailbreak here.
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