Researchers win big with over $1 million in Pwn2Own hacking contest

January 26, 2024
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In the Pwn2Own Hacking Competition, researchers were awarded over $1 million for exploiting various systems, including Tesla infotainment systems, Sony, Alpine players, and Autel charging systems. On the first day, researchers were given $722,500 for 24 distinct zero-day vulnerabilities. The Synacktiv Team received $100,000 for completing three zero-day vulnerabilities on the Tesla Modem. On Day 2, the PHP Hooligans and Midnight Blue team exploited the Phoenix Contact CHARX SEC-3100 using a three-bug chain, while the Synacktiv team attacked the Tesla Infotainment System using a two-bug chain. Other systems that were exploited include the Alpine Halo9 iLX-F509, Automotive Grade Linux, ChargePoint Home Flex, Autel MaxiCharger AC Wallbox Commercial, and JuiceBox 40 Smart EV Charging Station.

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