World Briefs: $1.4m bounty for hacking into iOS 9

$1.4m bounty for hacking into iOS 9

PARIS • Computer security firm Zerodium has offered a US$1 million (S$1.4 million) bounty to hackers who can find a way to breach Apple's latest iOS 9 mobile operating system.

Zerodium, launched this year in the US by French online security expert Chaouki Bekrar, said on Tuesday that hackers must use a webpage or text message to remotely bypass the iOS 9 security and discretely install an application on the iPhone or iPad by Oct 31.


Osama's 'bodyguard' returns home

WASHINGTON • A Saudi Arabian detainee said by the US to have been a bodyguard of Osama bin Laden has been repatriated from Guantanamo Bay after more than a decade.

Abdul Shalabi, 39, was captured by Pakistani forces in December 2001, but in June this year a review panel determined that the continued detention of Shalabi "does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the US".

Shalabi's release, reported by the Pentagon on Tuesday, means 114 inmates now remain in Guantanamo.


Copyright for monkey's selfie?

LOS ANGELES • A rare crested macaque monkey who snapped a grinning "selfie" should be declared the photo's owner and receive damages for copyright infringement after it was used in a wildlife book, animal rights activists argued in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Naruto, a six-year-old macaque who lives in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, took the image four years ago using a camera left unattended by British photographer David Slater. Mr Slater said he felt "rather bemused" and persecuted by the lawsuit.


Aircraft-tracking plan faces delay

PARIS/MONTREAL • The United Nations agency that oversees civil aviation may delay until 2018 a plan to require airlines to track the location of their planes every 15 minutes, according to an internal report.

An advisory committee at the International Civil Aviation Organisation called for the two-year delay to give carriers more time to implement the change, aimed at avoiding a repeat of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: $1.4m bounty for hacking into iOS 9'. Print Edition | Subscribe