Friday, March 4, 2011

GeoHot to Hack Windows Phone 7 in Next Weeks Pwn2own Competition! [Report]

Next week is the Pwn2Own Competition in which there'll be many Hackers around the country to Hack number of Web Browsers on Mobile OS and Laptops, and in this competition each time they Hack something they'll win prizes for that. Security researchers and industry experts will be keeping a careful eye on next week’s 5th annual Pwn2Own Competition.Organizers will have a base station on-site to allow competitors to perform attacks against cell phone base-bands.

TippingPoint spokesperson. tells that:
“Due to the sensitive nature of the vulnerabilities we expect and the fact that an attack would require the exploit to be transmitted over RF, we will have this nifty RF enclosure from Ramsey Electronics on hand for testing,”
This will be the 5th Annual Pwn2Own competition, And for the First time Windows Phone 7 device will also be included in this competition.And mostly hackers will be encouraged to target WP7 Devices.
Following are the devices organizers plan to  record the hacking attempts across them:
  • Dell Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 4 running iOS
  • Blackberry Torch 9800 running Blackberry 6 OS
  • Nexus S running Android
Here are the Laptops that will also be targeted:
  • Sony Vaio running Windows 7
  • Alienware m11x running Windows 7
  • Apple MacBook Air 13" running Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Google CR-48 running ChromeOS (no attacks against this device, it is merely a prize. The Chrome target will be running on the other laptops)
And Here are the Following Browsers that will be included:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
As it's a Hacking competition so Organzers has put some Rules for it, one of it states that a successful attack against any of the devices must require little to no user interaction and must compromise useful data from the phone.According to the Rules "Any attack that can incur cost upon the owner of the device (such as silently calling long-distance numbers, eavesdropping on conversations, and so forth) is within scope,"

Winning Price:
A Hacker will win $15000 for a successful Hack of that device, and he/she will also get that device too. TippingPoint have some more details about this hacking competition. 

GeoHot Participating:
Now here's the News that GeoHot is also participating in the competition. Now How he got into this competition here's a little story "Geohot joked on his personal blog in January that he planned to purchase a Windows Phone 7 device and immediately caught Microsoft’s attention. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet promising a free Windows Phone if Hotz wanted to “build cool stuff on #wp7″

GeoHot Will be joining with two other teams named as Team Anonymous and Anonymous_1. There's a lot expected from GeoHot as he's known for his abilities in Jailbreaking the iPhone and the Playstation 3.  Hotz is currently being pursued by Sony who sued him over 8 counts of DMCA violation. We’ll have to wait until next week to see if he is successful, but given his past success there’s a good chance that Windows Phone could be compromised.

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