Teen Receives Massive Reward From Apple for Revealing Bad FaceTime Bug
You'll be blown away at what the reward is....
Given the overall landscape of social media (think Fyre Festival, Facebook's legal problems, data privacy, etc. etc.), I'd say Apple has every reason for offering a reward, like the bug was a Robin Hood clone, and they're losing tons of money over it. Truthfully the issue wasn't necessarily that big a deal, but could be in the wrong hands, such as, say, hackers. Fear not: for Apple has done the job, fixed the bug --
And Promptly Awarded the Teen Who Had Discovered That FaceTime Had the Bug
Meet Grant Thompson. A 14-year-old. He was minding his own business on his iPhone, doing a group FaceTime when he realized he heard someone else who hadn't picked up when called. Essentially it proved that FaceTime could allow anyone to eavesdrop with ease. Now when you look at it from a larger perspective, this is generally a big deal, a nasty bug to be found, and the boy found it.
Apple recently fixed the issue, apologizing for the pesky glitch; the company also did a comprehensive security audit on the service to ensure everything was up to speed and verified. But get this:
Apple Will Award Grant anywhere between $25K to $200K for the Discovery
That and the company will also contribute to Grant's education. Holy crap. Let me find some bug in an iPhone. You can see the relevancy, of course, as this could be a deadly security problem as data remains a delicate issue for many in the social media and smartphone stratosphere. Our personalities -- our very identities -- they exist in these devices. So it would make sense to want to protect them.
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