Security exploits for Android and iOS fetch hackers $117,500 in bounties
Posted on: 11/16/2013 09:30 AM

Prolific hacker Pinkie Pie strikes again at Pwn2Own competition

Security exploits for Android and iOS fetch hackers $117,500 in bounties


From ArsTechnica:
A hacking contest that makes sport out of serious security bugs paid $117,500 this week for exploits that compromised handheld devices powered by both Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems.

The biggest of the three cash prizes was $50,000, paid to "Pinkie Pie," a pseudonymous hacker not yet past his 21st birthday, who already has collected at least two major bug bounties in the past 19 months. His previous hacks exploited vulnerabilities in Google's Chrome browser that gave him complete control of the underlying computer when it did nothing more than visit a booby-trapped website. At the Mobile Pwn2Own 2013 contest that wrapped up this week in Tokyo, he used similar drive-by attacks against Chrome to commandeer both a Nexus 4 and a Samsung Galaxy S4, which both run Android.



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