Firm Wins $120K for 60-Second Pixel Phone Hack

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Hardware and software companies spend a lot of time and money attempting to make their products as secure as possible. But it's not until hackers get their hands on them that security is really tested. It's for this reason hacking festivals such as Pwnfest are so important, as rewards are offered for demonstrating exploits with full disclosure while vendors look on.

At Pwnfest 2016, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Adobe, and VMWare all came under attack, but the most surprising exploit has to be Google's Pixel smartphone. According to The Register, a fully patched Pixel handset running Android 7.1 was hacked in just 60 seconds.

The hack was carried out by a white hat hacker group from Chinese security company Qihoo 360, which offers the antivirus and system optimization software called 360 Total Security.

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