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Mar
ric flair hacks ios and bb

With all of the recent concern about malware in the Android Market, it may lead one to make the generalization that the Android OS is nothing but a big loser in the mobile security department. It looks like that may be a faulty conclusion, if the results from hacking competition Pwn2Own are any indication. In this year's contest, held at the CanSecWest Security Conference, Android and Windows Phone 7 both survived unscathed, while iOS and Blackberry fell to the hackers.

Pwn2Own is a computer hacking contest where cyber attackers attempt to hack into a variety of devices and browsers, both mobile and desktop. In yesterday's smartphone category the iPhone 4 was brought down by hackers from a Baltimore-based consulting firm, while RIM's Blackberry Torch 9800 fell to a multi-national team.

ric flair hacks ios and bb

In previous years at Pwn2Own, operating systems' very latest version was used, even if it had been patched that same day in an attempt to avoid negative headlines. This year, however, firmware from one week prior to the competition was used.

The details of the successful hacks and the exploits they used are withheld from the public until they are patched.

Source: Ars Technica via International Business Times

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  • godsfilth

    the only reason we didnt get pwnd was because a security researcher gave up $15,000 and repoted a serious market flaw to google on top of that it was a XSS hack it wasnt even anything fancy

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9213763/Researcher_blows_15K_by_reporting_bug_to_Google

    • Eric

      If one bug was the best they could do, that's not bad at all. Nothing is to say either of the two hacked systems only had the one exploit being worked on.

  • squiddy

    According to the Ars Technica article that you cited, "the competitors on the other platforms [I read this as Android and Windows Phone 7] failed to turn up." The other article cited makes reference to Android only in passing. Neither article specifically states that Android was hack-proof, let alone if either were actually tested. I wouldn't exactly call this a win for Android... just sayin...

  • John J

    Usually, the reason they don't show up is because the hack they were going to use got patched, and they couldn't find another one fast enough. So it's not all bad.

  • Diziet

    I didn't get hacked, same as Mozilla, because nobody really tried. To assume that it's more secure when nobody seriously attacked the platform is disingenuous thinking at best and political point scoring and intentionally misleading at worst. Please correct the article.

  • Diziet

    Hmm the Ajax editor appears to be having an off day. "It didn't get hacked..."

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