Security researcher’s second consecutive win of Pwn2Own Mac hacking contest

The Pwn2Own contest of hacking into a MacBook has been won by Charlie Miller this time round too - the second consecutive win of the CanSecWest contest for the security researcher! Moreover, Miller also bettered his record time - while last year he broke into the Mac in two minutes, this year he achieved the feat in an astonishing less than 10 seconds.

The MacBook hacking fetched Miller, Independent Security Evaluators LLC's principal analyst, a cash price of $5,000 as well as the MacBook he hacked.

Soon after he won the prize, Miller said: "It probably took 5 or 10 seconds. They clicked on the link and I took control of the machine. I can't talk about the details of the vulnerability, but it was a Mac, fully patched, with Safari, fully patched."

There was also a confirmation from Miller that he had researched and written the exploit before arriving at the challenge venue.

As per the rules stated by Pwn2Own, Miller was able to provide a URL that hosted his feat, thereby replicating the usual hacker ploy of attracting users to malicious sites, infected with malware to cause damage. Miller gave a link to his site for acclaiming the prize, after substantiation. He said: "I did a few things to show that I had full control of the Mac!"

Companies: 
General: 
Technology: 

Popular Stories

Dr. Mark Wainberg dies after struggling in waters off Bal Harbour, Fla.

Famed microbiologist Dr. Mark Wainberg, who played... Read More

Microsoft patches NSA’s leaked Windows hacks

Microsoft Corp. has claimed that it has already... Read More

Las Vegas to offer clean needles through vending machines

Struggling to fight back soaring heroin and HIV... Read More

Nintendo announces new games for Switch

During the most recent Nintendo Direct, the mobile... Read More

Decomposed bat found inside package of salad: officials confirm

Fresh Express is recalling a limited number of... Read More

Future Google Pixel phones may feature curved screens

Tech giant Google Inc. has plans to introduce a... Read More