585 A new company called Crowdfense has gone on the market search. This is a new startup that is offering…
A new company called Crowdfense has gone on the market search. This is a new startup that is offering very succulent rewards for those engineers who are able to find errors in iOS or Android of type “Zero day”, or what is the same, that allow hack a smartphone with any of those systems.
Crowdfense is managing the highest prices that have ever been offered for such a tool, so if any of you are an expert in one of those operating systems and want to guarantee retirement, it is a good way to do it.
Crowdfense is based in the United Arab Emirates, and the truth is that the arrival of this company on the market arouses certain misgivings. To begin with, they sent a press release last Tuesday to announce their arrival on the market, something that is not usual in the so-called “zero days” industry.
For those who are less on the subject, the “Zero-days” or exploits are vulnerabilities found within the programming of a computer system that allow to take control of it, modify it or extract information from that system. As you can imagine, these exploits are prized piracy tools with many people willing to pay large sums of money to get hold of them.
And although the security of computers and smartphones has increased considerably in recent years, this is no obstacle to the existence of a rather opaque industry dedicated to the trade of this type of tool.
The director of Crowdfense, Andrea Zapparoli Manzoni , is aware of the danger of selling these tools to the wrong person, and that is why your company will buy “Zero days” from independent researchers, but will only sell them to intelligence agencies whose purpose is to apply the law.
According to Zapparoli, his company is not focused on the military market, but rather it is about help civil agencies fight crime and terrorism. Therefore, its main objective is to find errors in iOS or Android that allow collect data, Do not destroy or damage computer systems.
Crowdfense is looking for zero day vulnerabilities in Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS , so they are not interested in the Internet of things, social networks or critical infrastructures, frequent targets of malicious hackers.
According to Andrea Zapparoli, your company will always try to act with the same transparency , so they will never have oppressive governments among their clients.
Crowdfense has not clarified at this time which are its suppliers or its customer base, but they have said that they are willing to have a very small client base if this helps to guarantee security and that these tools are not used for illegitimate purposes. or illegal.
Finding errors in iOS or Android can be, therefore, a very succulent business for anyone who wants to use their knowledge for a good purpose, but it is impossible not to feel a bit skeptical with an industry that is still transparent and with a thematic that has often been used for unorthodox purposes.
And is that the privacy of people is a right that must be defended and it is always questionable to accept that a certain government is authorized to “spy”, however legitimate they may seem, at first, the interests at stake.