Thursday, February 26, 2009

PWN a Mobile For $10,000 At Pwn2Own 2009

Winner Pwn2Own 2008, Photo TippingPoint
CanSecWest 2009 will be hosting the TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) sponsored Pwn2Own 2009 contest.This is the third time that the event was hosted to promote security and cash and or computers and devices offered to hack as gifts. The PWN2OWN 2009 will be taking aim at Web browsers, just like at Pwn2Own 2008, where Vista got Pwned. TippingPoint is a member of VoIP Security Alliance.
But this year the number if devices have increased and also the bunuses. The Pwn2Own 2009 will be adding mobile devices into the mix. If you can PWN it, you can keep it. But there is more as in any good story.
"The browser targets will be IE8, Firefox, and Chrome installed on a Sony Vaio running Windows 7 as well as Safari and Firefox installed on a Macbook running Mac OS X. All browsers will be fully patched and in their default configuration as of the first day of the contest. The mobile device targets will include fully patched BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Symbian and Windows Mobile phones in their default configurations. A full list of available interfaces will be made available on the CanSecWest website under the Pwn2Own rules."

According to TippingPoint;
"The Zero Day Initiative will put up $5000 per browser bug, and $10,000 per mobile bug. The first person to crack any of the mobile devices will also get to keep that device along with a one year phone contract. The first person to crack any of the browsers will get to keep the laptop it was running on. All winners will be asked to sign and agree to the general ZDI Non Disclosure Agreement, and the bugs will be turned over directly to the affected vendors.
If more than 5 people win prizes, we will offer additional “Bonus” prizes of an extra $5,000 that will be awarded this year for Most Interesting Browser flaw, Most Interesting Mobile Device Flaw, and Best in Show."
TippingPoint Press Release
CanSecWest 2009, Vancouver


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