Gone in 2 minutes: Mac gets hacked first in contest
It may be the quickest $10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned.
He took the first of three laptop computers – and a $10,000 cash prize – Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the CanSecWest security conference’s PWN 2 OWN hacking contest.
Show organizers offered a Sony Vaio, Fujitsu U810 and the MacBook as prizes, saying that [they could be won by anybody at the show]("http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Hacker-Super-Bowl-pits-Mac-OS-vs-Linux-Vista_1.html") who could find a way to hack into each of them and read the contents of a file on the system, using a previously undisclosed "0day" attack.
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The MacBook was the only system to be hacked by Thursday, however, the word on the show floor is that the Linux and Vista systems will meet with some serious challenges on Friday.
Miller, a former National Security Agency employee best known as one of the researchers who first hacked Apple’s iPhone last year, didn’t take much time. Within 2 minutes, he directed the contest’s organizers to visit a Web site that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer, as about 20 onlookers cheered him on.
The MacBook Air went first; a tiny Fujitsu laptop running Vista was hacked on the last day of the contest; but it was Linux, running on a Sony Vaio, that remained undefeated as conference organizers ended a three-way computer hacking challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference.
Take that, Mac lovers! I can’t wait to see what David Pogue has to say.