Government agencies offer $ 1 million to hack WhatsApp or iMessage

Life has become more difficult for spies, intelligence agents and government officials. Electronic gadgets, primarily smartphones, are becoming more secure and their hacking rates are growing. This follows directly from the latest publication from Zerodium, a startup that acts as an intermediary between government agencies and hackers. In the new year, the rates for hacking popular applications are measured in numbers with seven zeros.

Some IT companies go to meet the government, others take a fundamentally oppositional side, and still others quietly develop and sell tools for cracking software and specific applications. There are always buyers - remotely connecting and intercepting traffic is more profitable than requiring a suspect to disclose passwords from instant messengers in the name of the law. For hacking them, from WhatsApp and iMessage to SMS / MMS, today the knights of the cloak and dagger are ready to pay $ 1 million.

This is twice as much as last year, notes Zerodium founder Chuiki Bekrar. And in general, it corresponds to the situation on the market, which is actively developing. 2018 became a record year since the turn of the century for the number of transactions with identified vulnerabilities and exploits created for them. No one will give the exact number, but the trend is that the developers of encryption and security tools are forced to work hard just to maintain the same level of customer confidence.

In this race, they invariably make mistakes, more and more every month, and the customers of hacking do not skimp on money to encourage their search. Work is in full swing on both sides of the barricades, and middlemen such as Zerodium act as steers to steer the hacker's efforts in the right direction. And why not try, if the incognito structures are ready to shell out at least $ 4 million for hacking a specific Telegram account by a given date? Unfortunately, ordinary users have no idea what kind of money whirlpools revolve around their confidential data.