Crack BlackBerry OS, Win $10,000: PNW2OWN at CanSecWest
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
CanSecWest, one of the world’s largest events focused on modern digital security and the folks who push the infosecurity envelope (read: hackers), is currently taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, where conference attendees have been offered $10,000 for each and every successful attack they can execute on any of the five major smartphone operating systems: BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Nokia/Symbian and Windows Mobile.
The companies behind those mobile platforms are apparently offering up the prize money in exchange for exploit code and/or details on any security flaws PNW2OWN contest participants may discover that enable them to take control of a smartphone.
“I can’t break them…I don’t have anything for the iPhone, and I don’t know enough about Google.”
So while Miller might not be the man with smartphone-hacking-plan, it seems likely that some crafty coder will come up with a way to infiltrate at least one of the five mobile targets. It sure would be interesting to hear about a BlackBerry-related exploit, since the platform is so often extolled for its impressive security features.
I’ll be sure to update this post with news on any such hacks as soon as it’s reported.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.