Google Pixel gets hacked in 60 seconds, Apple iPhone not so much

Pwnfest is a hacking competition that takes place in Seoul, South Korea where a team of white hackers named Qihoo 360 unveiled a bug in the system which enabled the team to manipulate Pixel remotely. Pixel’s OS was hacked in time span of just 60 seconds using zero-day vulnerability.

Previously in a similar competition called Pwn2Own, a fully patched Nexus 6P was hacked, an iPhone 6s was partially hacked while the Galaxy S6 couldn’t be hacked at all. 

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The team launched Google Play Store and then Google’s mobile version of Chrome on the device using the exploit before displaying a messaged that read “Pwned by 360 Alpha Team”. Qihoo 360 won a cash prize of $120,000 for the hack from Google. The search giant is now already onto the vulnerability and a patch should be out soon if it isn’t already.

Adding to all these exposures, the extremely talented White hacking expert team also bagged $520,000 cash by proudly disclosing some major flaws in Microsoft Edge with Windows 10 OS.

A Google engineer who worked on the Google Pixel recently claimed that the Pixel is just as secure as the iPhone. There are however no reports of anyone claiming the $180,000 offer by Apple for an iOS 10/iPhone 7 Plus exploit but Apple’s updated Safari browser running on MacOS Sierra did fall. All the systems which have been hacked – or not hacked – were running on the latest versions.

Source : The Register

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