Charlie Miller and his team of Independent Security Evaluators hacked a MacBook Air at CanSewWest’s security conference “Pwn to Own” contest sponsored by Tipping Point. If you remember last year MacBook Pro was hacked at the same conference.
Charlie Miller hacked the MacBook Air in just 2 minutes and won $10,000 as a prize money. Along with MacBook Air Laptops running Vista and Ubuntu Linux were also given, but MacBook Air got hacked. No one was able to hack the systems on Wednesday, when contestants are limited to attack the systems over network. On Thursday rules were relaxed so that contestants could trick the contest organizers using the computers to open a malicious website or open an e-mail.
The team successfully tricked the contest organizers to visit a website with attack code and hacked Macbook. They were able to exploit a vulnerability in Apple’s Safari Browser. Source: CNet, Photo Credit: DV Labs