Chinese Hacking Group Hacked Google’s Pixel Smartphone In 60 Seconds
The brand new Android smartphone launched by Google- Google Pixel, just a few months back has been hacked by a team of white-hat hackers at the 2016 PwnFest hacking competition in Seoul(South Korea). In less than the minute this Chinese hacking group from Qihoo 360 hacked this smartphone
The Qihoo 360 team demonstrated a proof-of-concept exploit that used a zero-day vulnerability in order to achieve remote code execution (RCE) on the target smartphone. They won $120,000 cash prize for successfully hacking the Pixel smartphone.
The attack launched Google Play Store and then the mobile version of Google Chrome before showing a deface message that read “Pwned by 360 Alpha Team”. However they also found out certain bugs in Microsoft Edge and Adobe Flash as well. The Qihoo 360 team of hackers walked away with a total prize money of $520,000.
Just like Qihoo 360, a Chinese iPhone jailbreak team Pangu(which release million-dollar iOS jailbreaks for free) managed to hack into Safari running on MacOS Sierra in just 20 seconds. The hack resulted in gaining them root access to the app. Pangu won $80,000 for this exploit.