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!"


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