The third and final day of the PWN to OWN contest at the CanSecWest security conference begins today, March 28th at 12:30pm local time (PST) in Vancouver. Yesterday, on day two of the contest, the MacBook Air was successfully compromised first and won by a team from Independent Security Evaluators, also winning $10,000 from us (the Zero Day Initiative).

As of today, since the Vista and Ubuntu laptops are still standing unscathed, we are now opening up the scope beyond just default installed applications on those laptops; any popular 3rd party application (as deemed “popular” by the judges) can now be installed on the laptops for a prize of $5,000 upon a successful compromise. For a refresher on the full rules and cash prizes, check out the PWN to OWN contest guidelines.

Check back on this page for the latest updates throughout the last day of the contest, including pictures from the PWN to OWN awards ceremony that will be held at the end of the conference today.


Firefox will be one of the common apps installed on both the remaining laptops. (Fingers crossed.) Some others include Skype, Acrobat (oh dear), MSN Messenger, and possibly Office. They should have kept the Mac Air in the running just for fun.

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