The organizer of the Vangelis security conference tweeted that a joint team of hackers Pangu and JH successfully won the maximum prize of $ 100,000 offered at the PWNFEST event for finding a Safari exploit that gave them root access on macOS Sierra …
Pangu is the Chinese hacking team behind several of the more recent iOS jailbreaks.
No details have been reported yet, but the team has managed to claim the base ($ 80,000) and additional ($ 20,000) rewards on offer in an exploit that took 20 seconds to complete. There are no reports yet of anyone successfully claiming the $ 180,000 available for an iOS 10 / iPhone 7 Plus exploit.
Safari wasn’t the only browser to fall victim to the PWNFEST conference: Microsoft Edge running Windows 10 was also hacked, and Google saw its latest Pixel fall in favor of a team that managed to execute code remotely to win a prize of $ 120,000.
All hacked systems were running the latest versions. Details of all exploits will be passed on to the relevant companies for the software to be patched to prevent hackers from using them for malicious purposes.
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