MacBook Pro Touch Bar Hacked at Pwn2Own Competition

Two separate groups of hackers succeeded in gaining root access to the newest MacBook Pro

The Place? Vancouver, British Columbia. The occasion? The CanSecWest security conference. The Victim? The MacBook Pro. Twice.

At the CanSecWest Pwn2Own competition, the compuer fell not once, but twice, to white hat hackers. Both sets of hackers utilized Safari vulnerabilities to gain root access to the Apple device. Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark earned $28,000 dollar prize after their hack allowed them to scroll a message across the Touch Bar of the laptop. Later on during the competition, Chaitin Security Research Lab earned a $35,000 prize for their hack.

Both of these hacks shall be disclosed to Apple before they are made public.

This is just the first day of the competition, and Apple’s new MacBook Pro has fallen twice. I wonder who and what shall fall tomorrow?



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