PWN2OWN! Smart-phone and Web Browser


    VANCOUVER, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - For the third consecutive year, the popular
hacking contest PWN2OWN will take place at Canada's premier security
conference, CanSecWest. This year, the competitors are being challenged to set
their targets on the comparative security of computer web browsers and
smart-phones and a chance at winning $10,000 and $5,000 cash prizes, as well
as a Sony VAIO P fresh from Japan and a new, loaded Apple Macbook.
    To highlight the increasing importance of smart-phone security as we
begin to rely on them more, the mobile targets featured in this year's event
include iPhone, Android, Symbian, RIM/BlackBerry and Windows Mobile. The other
significant area of risk emerging in internet malware is new browser based
exploits. Browser targets in this year's competition will include Internet
Explorer 8, FireFox 3, Safari and Chrome. As in previous years, the contest
will feature a progressively expanding attack surface spanning the three-day
    Last year's contest pitted operating systems against one another and
targeted a MacBook Air laptop and a Fujitsu notebook running Windows Vista,
and a Sony VAIO running Linux. Apple vulnerability researcher Charlie Miller
took home $10,000 for cracking the MacBook Air in less than 2 minutes, and
security consultant Shane Macaulay broke into the Fujitsu notebook to pick up
a $5000 reward.
    CanSecWest will take place from March 16th to 20th in Vancouver, British
Columbia. The conference will feature presentations and training sessions by
world leading experts in information security. Conference sponsors include:
Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Intel, Leviathan, Splunk, Immunity, Adobe,
TippingPoint, Core Security and IOActive.

For further information:

For further information: about the PWN2OWN contest, or CanSecWest,
please contact Melissa Pelto at (778) 558-8582 or email
or visit

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