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Apple Pays $100.5K Bug Bounty for Mac Webcam Hack

Apple Pays $100.5K Bug Bounty for Mac Webcam Hack

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A researcher who showed Apple how its webcams can be hijacked via a universal cross-site scripting bug (UXSS) Safari bug has been awarded what is reportedly a record $100,500 bug bounty. The bug could be used by an adversary as part of an attack to gain full access to every website ever visited by the victim.

The bug-finder is Ryan Pickren, founder of proof-of-concept sharing platform BugPoC and a former Amazon Web Services security engineer. This isn’t the first time he’s found bugs that let him hoodwink Apple’s cameras: In 2020, he discovered vulnerabilities in the Safari browser that could be used to snoop on iPhones, iPads and Mac computers using their microphones and cameras, just by convincing a target to click one malicious link.

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