back to article Bring out your dead! Firm wants to pay big bucks for old bugs

Security firm Zimperium will spend US$1.5 million buying hacks targeting flaws in three-year-old Android KitKat and ancient versions of iOS. The California threat detection company internet arms dealer will splash cash acquiring private exploits against public patched vulnerabilities dating back to at least the 2013 Android …

  1. Your alien overlord - fear me

    If phone manufacterers haven't upgraded their kit since Kitkat, they won't be offering patches.

    Although I am willing to stand corrected HP and Lenovo (specifically tablets) !!!

  2. Baldrickk

    If this helps us get our devices updated, then good job. If not, then ouch.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It won't.

      It just means even more people will be exposed.

  3. David Pearce

    There are many phones out there stuck on Kitkat, I was still seeing new ones for sale with it a year ago (looking at you Oppo)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Didn't Al Capone do this?

    Didn't Al Capone do this? How is it not a protection racket?


    The exploits, which require proof-of-concept demonstrations, will also help train the company's internal threat detection systems it sells to clients.

    "We will provide ZHA (mobile phone) partners between one to three months advanced notice, before releasing the exploit publicly, unlike most exploit acquisition programs," Avraham says.


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