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$500,000 for Exploits to Track on WhatsApp and Signal Users

September 4, 2017

Privacy is important for many users for a lot of reasons. And just how much are you willing to give or do for your privacy? Well, recently, a company offered to pay $500,000 to hackers that are able to breach your online privacy.

The company who’s willing to pay this huge amount is Zerodium, a Washington DC- based company which specializes in acquiring and reselling zero-day exploits. The said company is currently looking to take a piece out of two messaging apps: WhatsApp and Signal. This company is seriously offering this too-good- to-be- true amount to anyone who can infiltrate these two messaging apps to monitor and track its users.

This $500,000 cash prize is up for grabs for anyone who has the guts and the ability to do their bidding. So whoever can provide tools that would allow this company a remote code execution as well as local privilege escalation for the two apps can grab the money. To simply put it, the company is looking for a way to access your device without your knowledge so that they could track and monitor your WhatsApp and Signal messaging apps by seeking the help of hackers in exchange for the prize.

According to the company’s website, “Zerodium pays premium bounties and rewards to security researchers to acquire their original and previously unreported zero-day research affecting major operating systems, software, and devices. While the majority of existing bug bounty programs accept almost any kind of vulnerabilities and [proof of concepts] but pay very low rewards, at Zerodium we focus on high-risk vulnerabilities with fully functional exploits, and we pay the highest rewards on the market.”

“Zerodium customers are major corporations in defense, technology, and finance, in need of advanced zero-day protection, as well as government organizations in need of specific and tailored cybersecurity capabilities.”

As you can see, based on Zerodium’s statements, they didn’t exactly specify who their customers are but their statements only shows how determine they really are to track and monitor WhatsApp and Signal.

This company’s goal raised some uncomfortable questions due to the fact that zero day exploits were used to monitor journalists and political dissidents. Take the case of a human rights activist in the UAE which was being tracked and monitored on via an iPhone exploit.

If there’s any silver lining here it would be the fact that the WhatsApp and Signal exploits that are being sought by Zerodium, are the top of the company’s price list. Meaning to say, they are hard to come by if at all and that they are also not compromised, YET.

So if the idea of monitoring and tracking WhatsApp and Signal or any other applications appeal to you then there’s an app that could certainly satisfy the detective in you. The app is called SMS Tracker. It is a SMS-tracking software that allows you to track and monitor not just SMS or calls or GPS in a device but also applications like WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat, Skype and so on. So obviously, it has everything you are looking for in a SMS-tracking software. This application contains detailed information about the device you are monitoring and can even view the device’s activities in real-time. Unlike Zerodium, you won’t have to pay an amount of $500,000 just to get information about the apps installed in a device you want to monitor.

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