Welcome to Mobile Pwn2Own at PacSec Tokyo – Super, happy fun

Author: Heather Goudey, senior security content developer, HP

Ohayo gozaimas! Welcome to the second annual HP ZDI Mobile Pwn2Own competition at PacSec in Tokyo. We have a big day of mobile pwnage planned and we’ll be posting updates with the results as the devices fall.

Just to remind you, Mobile Pwn2Own is an annual contest that rewards security researchers for highlighting security concerns on mobile platforms. The contest focuses on hardening the mobile attack surface through cutting edge research and responsible disclosure.

HP and its sponsors (the Google Android and Chrome security teams, and Blackberry) are offering over $300,000 (USD) in cash and prizes to researchers who successfully compromise selected mobile targets from particular categories.

We have several competitors entering the fray this year targeting different technologies and devices. Specifically in their sights today are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone and exploits that target mobile apps and the browser.

Want more detail? Want less? Like your information in short, digestible chunks of 140 characters or less? We’ll also be tweeting regular updates and news on Mobile Pwn2Own during the contest. You can follow us @thezdi on Twitter or search for the hash tag #pwn2own.

For those of you who prefer your news and information in a more graphical format, we also have a dedicated website where you can actually see all the action and meet the contestants. It might not be quite as much fun as being at PacSec in Tokyo in person, but it’s pretty darn close.

Without further ado, let the contest begin!

Additional Resources

HP Zero Day Initiative

The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), founded by TippingPoint, is a program designed to reward security researchers for responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities.

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