“There were several $10,000 prizes at stake — as well as some free mobile phones — but at the end of the three-day Pwn2Own smartphone hacking contest at the big CamSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, which closed on Friday, none of the devices had been cracked,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
“The contest, sponsored by 3Com’s TippingPoint computer security division, pitted some of the world’s sharpest hackers and computer security experts against five smartphones: an Apple iPhone, a Research in Motion BlackBerry and phones running on Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia’s Symbian operating systems,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “Although the rules were relaxed each day to make hacking easier, the phones managed to withstand the few attempts that were made to ‘pwn’ them.”
“According to Alfredo Ortega, one of the Core researchers, the iPhone had the most security features, making it the most difficult to crack. Windows Mobile, he said, was the easiest to defeat,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.
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