Pwn2Own sponsor bets researchers will hack Windows 7, Microsoft’s browser, Apple’s phone
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8, not Apple’s Safari, will be the first browser to fall in next week’s Pwn2Own hacking challenge, the contest organizer said today.
Aaron Portnoy, security research team lead with 3Com TippingPoint, the sponsor of Pwn2Own, also predicted that Apple’s iPhone will be the only smartphone hacked during the contest, which starts March 24.
Portnoy, who organized the fourth annual Pwn2Own, changed his predictions from earlier bets he made a month ago because of new information he received from researchers who have registered for the contest. Previously, Portnoy said that Apple’s browser would crumble before rivals from Google, Microsoft and Mozilla; he had also declined to speculate on which mobile phone, if any, would collapse under attack.