Chinese hackers have successfully hacked Google’s latest flagship phone, the Pixel.
At the PwnFest 2016 hacking competition in Seoul, South Korea, a team of white-hat hackers named Qihoo 360 demonstrated an exploit using zero-day vulnerability on the Pixel. The exploit allowed for remote code execution on the phone, launching the Google Play Store and displaying a message that read “Pwned by 360 Alpha Team” on Chrome. This 60-second hack rewarded the hackers with $120,000 in cash prize.
Not just the Pixel, but Cupertino’s web browser also fell. Qihoo 360 breached Apple Safari on macOS Seirra in 20 minutes with a root privilege escalation zero day for an additional $80,000. Qihoo 360 also exploited Microsoft Edge and Adobe Flash, and walked away with $520,000 in cash prizes.