Apple pays students $100,000 to hack Mac

Apple generously rewarded one student who managed to hack a Mac by gaining access to a webcam. The amount the young hacker received is the Cupertino giant’s record-breaking prize for discovering vulnerabilities.

Ryan Pickren, a cybersecurity student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has recently become richer by a staggering $100,500. This is the result of a vulnerability he found in Mac software.

The discovered security hole allowed access to the camera on Apple computers. For this, exploits found in iCloud Sharing and ShareBear, as well as errors in the Safari 15 web browser, were used.

Although the aforementioned vulnerability arose from a rather unexpected situation and is likely to be difficult to replicate, it makes it easy to take control of a victim’s computer. The biggest drawback is granting permission to the recipient to use the file through ShareBear – the permission is remembered, which opens the gate for a potential hacker.

It is worth noting that this is not the first vulnerability that was discovered by Pickren – in 2019 he was able to access the camera and microphone of the iPhone, and he received an amount of 75 thousand dollars for reporting errors.