Hacking champion says Pwn2Own encourages exploit ‘weaponization’

Organizers of Pwn2Ownon Sunday defended the hacking contest's rules after a three-time winner criticized the challenge for encouraging researchers to "weaponize" exploits.The contest, which starts March 9, pits researchers against four browsers --

Published on: March 1st, 2011 Gregg Keizer

Crack Chrome and win $20K prize

Google is so confident that its Chrome Web browser can't be hacked that it is willing to put $20,000 cash and a Chrome CR-48 notebook on the line to prove it. At the

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Tony Bradley

Microsoft stands by Windows 7 security claims after Pwn2Own hack

Just days after a pair of researchers outwitted major Windows 7 defenses to exploit Internet Explorer and Firefox, Microsoft said the measures aren't meant to "prevent every attack forever."At the same time, it

Published on: March 31st, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Bug off — Find your bugs yourself, Pwn2Own winner tells Microsoft, Apple

The only researcher to "three-peat" at the Pwn2Own hacking contest said today that security is such a "broken record" that he won't hand over 20 vulnerabilities he's found in Apple's, Adobe's and Microsoft's

Published on: March 29th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Hackers breach Windows 7 security in contest, win $10,000

Two researchers yesterday won $10,000 each at the Pwn2Own hacking contest by bypassing important security measures of Windows 7.Both Peter Vreugdenhil of the Netherlands and a German researcher who would only identify himself

Published on: March 26th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Breaching Safari, Firefox browsers will help duo keep title in Vancouver contest

Two former winners will line up later today at the Pwn2Own hacking contest to take another crack at thousands of dollars in prizes for exploiting fully-patched browsers.Charlie Miller, who has taken home cash

Published on: March 25th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

IE8 will fall first in Vancouver hacking contest, organizer says

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, not Apple's Safari, will be the first browser to fall in this week's Pwn2Own hacking challenge, the contest organizer said.Aaron Portnoy, security research team lead with 3Com TippingPoint, the

Published on: March 22nd, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Apple Safari will ‘fall first’ in hacking contest

Apple's Safari will be the first browser to fall next month at the Pwn2Own hacking challenge, the contest organizer predicted today.A researcher who has won at Pwn2Own the last two years wasn't so

Published on: February 18th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Security expert won’t reveal iPhone hack for $10,000

None of the five smartphones slated for attack at last week's PWN2OWN hacking contest was compromised, a sign that security researchers have yet to adapt to the limitations of mobile, said the company

Published on: March 26th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Successfully hacking iPhone, BlackBerry could win you $10,000

A hacking contest slated for next month will award cash prizes of $10,000 to anyone who can break into the most popular smartphones, including Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry.The

Published on: February 27th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

High-profile hacking contest targets browsers, smart phones

A hacking contest that has grabbed headlines two years running will take aim next month at browsers and smartphones, according to 3Com Inc.'s TippingPoint, the security company that sponsors the "PWN2OWN" challenge. "We're

Published on: February 13th, 2009 Gregg Keizer