Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pwn2Own 2011 : Blackberry 9800 and iOS Hacked

Pwn2own, an annual hacking contest conducted by TippingPoint as a challenge to hack into their newest systems.

Results for 2011 are in and the Blackberry 9800 and iOS 4.2.1 and the new 4.3 fell to hacking exploits via their respective browsers.

What this means is that a hacker can gain access to your address book if you simply visit a website (made by the hacker) designed to take advantage of the vulnerabilities found on the Blackberry 9800 and all iOS 4.2.1 and 4.3 devices.

Vulnerability reports are then given to their respective manufacturers that can use the information to patch and fix glitches in their security.

Although Windows Phone and Android devices were not compromised, it was only by disqualification as the teams that were supposed to hack them never showed up.

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