NSA Eternal Blue exploits – the results can be devastating. In the private market, the Israeli NSO has used an array of zero-day exploits to distribute its Pegasus tracker software. On the strictly black market, these exploits are harnessed in malware.
The price cut also comes after Google researchers uncovered a massive two-year hacking of iOS devices. Users were able to have their phones hacked by simply visiting infected websites. This large-scale hack has been attributed to the Chinese government zeroing in on the activities of its ethnic Uyghur community in the Xinjiangon region.
Apple devices have historically had a higher reputation for securing users than those from Android or Windows. This has been due to several factors including Apple’s tighter hold over the entire ecosystem – operating system and apps – and the smaller size of the Apple device user pool.
News of relative price cut for vulnerabilities and the large-scale hacking comes as Apple prepares for the launch of its new iPhone 11. Industry rags predict that Apple will try to focus on the new camera setup – and not on security features. In the past, advanced features, smooth packaging, and security are how Apple has pulled off its premium pricing strategy.