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By Gregg Keizer
February 25, 2011
The Pwn2Own hacking contest next month will feature its largest-ever
crew of contestants, including past winners, a French security firm
armed with a bagful of bugs and an iPhone jailbreak expert who has been
sued by Sony.
"The major difference this year is the sheer number of interested
parties," said Aaron Portnoy, manager of TippingPoint's security
research team. "Either the contest is becoming more popular or more
people are comfortable exploiting mobile devices this year."
TippingPoint is again sponsoring Pwn2Own, a hacking challenge now in its
fifth year. The contest will kick off March 9 at the CanSecWest security
conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Eleven individuals or teams have registered for Pwn2Own, which will pit
the researchers against four Web browsers -- Apple's Safari, Google's
Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Mozilla's Firefox -- as
well as against smartphones running Apple's iOS, Google's Android,
Microsoft's Windows 7 Phone and RIM's BlackBerry OS. The cash prizes for
this year's Pwn2Own total $125,000, also a record.
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