Want a Free iPhone and $10,000 Prize? Pwn2Own it!
Pwn2Own is a hacking contest which in previous years demanded OS exploits on day one, allowed browser vectors on day two (how OS X was compromised last year -- thanks Safari!), and opened the floodgates with 3rd party bugware on day three. First person to successfully hack a machine won it as a prize, along with a nice cash bounty for their troubles.
This year, Ars Technica says Pwn2Own is doing something a little different: they're bringing in the mobiles!
Apple's iPhone is front and center on their target list, along with the Google Android G1, and devices from the BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Phone families. Pwn the mobile and you not only win it, but $10,000 to boot!
Not a lot of solid info on the rules yet, but we'll keep a look out. Any white hats out there eager to try their luck?
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