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CanSecWest, one of the world’s largest events focused on modern digital security and the folks who push the infosecurity envelope, is currently taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, where conference attendees have been offered $10,000 for each and every successful attack they can execute on any of the five major smartphone operating systems: BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Nokia/Symbian and Windows Mobile.

Contest details from CanSecWest

Phones (and associated test platform)

  • Blackberry(TBA)
  • Android(Dev G1)
  • iPhone(locked 2.0)
  • Nokia/Symbian(N95-1)
  • Windows Mobile (HTC Touch)

Day 1 (Raw functionality out of the box, users configured for service) post phone, post email

  • SMS
  • MMS
  • Email (arrival only)
  • Wi-Fi on if default
  • Bluetooth on if default
  • Radio stack

Day 2

  • All of Day 1
  • Email/SMS/MMS (reading only – no secondary actions)
  • Wi-Fi on
  • Bluetooth on (not accept pairing by default. Paired with a headset. pairing process not visible)

Day 3

  • All of Day 1 and 2
  • one level of user interaction with default applications
  • Bluetooth on (not accept pairing by default. Paired with a headset/other devices upon request. pairing process visible)

What is owned? Must demonstrate…

  • loss of information (user data)
  • incur financial cost


  • 30 minute slots
  • Names submitted and then randomly drawn
  • 1st pop eligible box and cash
  • Follow on pops eligible $
  • All must disclose and have exploit validated.
  • Lottery will be done for time-slot location.
  • Register on ZDI if you want the $
  • Sign ZDI NDA
  • Infrastructure attack will get you escorted out of the building.
  • ZDI/Dragos have final say.
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    April 10th, 1984  at  4:20 am —

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