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China’s Tianfu Cup Competition led to the hacking of iOS, Windows 10, Galaxy S20 and many others

Tianfu Cup, China’s largest hacking competition saw its third edition this year. In the Tianfu Cup, several teams of white-hat hackers hack many prestigious software and “secured” devices.

The two-days cybersecurity competition was held in Chengdu, China.

The rules of the competition were, each team of Chinese hackers had to hack the selected target using the original exploit. However, all this hacking had to be done in five minutes and three attempts were given to each team.

Whenever each team successfully hacked the selected target they received monetary rewards for that. Following are the software and other devices which were hacked:

  • iOS 14 running on an iPhone 11 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Windows 10 v2004 (April 2020 edition)
  • Ubuntu
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Docker (Community Edition)
  • VMWare ESXi (hypervisor)
  • QEMU (emulator & virtualizer)
  • TP-Link and ASUS router firmware

In addition to that, the patches for all hacked exploits and bugs will also be provided in the coming days as it usually happens after this competition.

Besides that, the winning team is a Chinese Tech giant Qihoo 360’s Enterprise Security and Government Vulnerability Research Institute(ESG). Thus, the company bagged a $744,500 cash prize which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total pool-prize.

Tianfu Cup
Image Courtesy: Tianfu Cup

Moreover, the runner-ups of the competition were Ant-Financial Light-Year Security Lab who bagged $258,000. Also, a security researcher named Pang won a $99,500 prize.


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