It’s July 4, and every American knows what that means: celebrating our independence with extravagant firework displays! As fireworks going off around me all-night make obvious, it seems more than a few people can’t get enough of the festivities. To those (and tons of others), it is only natural to
Over in this week's "Pwn2Own" hacking contest in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, virtually every major browser and operating system had vulnerabilities exploited. According to CNET, researcher Charlie Miller, the principal security analyst with Independent Security Evaluators, took home the $10,000 prize after he hacked Safari on a MacBook Pro without having access to the machine. Miller also cracked Safari in Mac OS X last year, taking home the $5,000 prize in addition to hacking a MacBook Air in 2008 at the competition.
This year, Ralf-Phillip Weinmann, from the University of Luxembourg, and Vincenzo Iozzo, from German company gained access to an iPhone that was not "jailbroken," a procedure that allows users to run unauthorized code and unlock the handset for use on unapproved carriers.
The annual Pwn2Own hacking contest is coming up next month. At the event, competitors will be given the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling $15,000 for anyone who can successfully compromise the security and take control of an iPhone, BlackBerry Bold, Droid and Nokia device. The competition will start on March 24 at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Plans for this year's Pwn2Own 2009 hacking contest have been announced by TippingPoint. 2009's event will shift focus from computers to smartphones this year, starring (you guessed it) the iPhone 3G. The contest will challenge guests at the CanSecWest conference to try and hack the devices using their browser. The first person or team to hack the device will win the device itself and a $10,000 prize.