Security Experts Hack IPhone 3GS, Macbook, Windows 7

Posted: Mar 26 2010, 12:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:13pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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At the annual Pwn2Own contest, where experts in software security compete to become the first to hack the latest and "most secure" tech products, pretty much everything was hacked in no time.

In years past, some of the most stable devices have been cracked, like Apple's Macbook computer and Safari Web browser. This year was no different, as a two-man team was able to bring the iPhone 3GS to its knees, in just a matter of hours.

Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann worked around the mobile phone's extremely stringent operating system and were able to run malicious code on it.

Internet Explorer 8, Windows 7, Firefox, and the latest Macbook Pro were all also hacked. The contest requires that competitors work with the latest patches on all products and that no unsecured third-party apps or add-ins are installed.

The only item that withstood the rigorous test was Google's Chrome browser. During the weekend-long event, no one was able to crack through the proprietary security infrastructure that Google put into place.

Hmmm...maybe that multi-billion monopolistic company actually knows a thing or two...

Via PC World.

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