The annual Pwn2Own hacking conference is where us, mortals, are reminded that there isn’t a software that is safe from attacks. In 2016, hackers at the conference managed to hack into Safari, Firefox, IE and Google Chrome; so, what were they up to this year?
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pwn2Own competition but it sure seems like it is only getting more exciting. Two hackers managed to break into a security hole in Safari and took over the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar – earning them a whooping $28,000!
“Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark used a number of logic bugs to exploit the Safari browser and eventually take root control of the MacOS on a MacBook Pro,” described Digital Trends.
The report added that, “While that itself granted them their monetary prize and nine points in the Pwn2Own competition, they impressed onlookers even more by adding a custom message to the Touch Bar which read: “pwned by niklasb and saelo.”
The nitty-gritty details on how the attack was accomplished will be made available to Apple so that the company will be able to patch up any security holes, prior to the public gaining a look at how it was achieved.