MEXICO CITY (apro).- A group of hackers discovered 61 security vulnerabilities in popular mobile devices, and they won a $1 million prize for revealing them.
These devices were hacked twice, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone during the Pwn2Own contest, which ran from November 2-5 in Austin, Texas, United States.
Organized by the Zero Day Initiative, an event of technology security company Trend Micro, the competition involved cracking ‘smartphones’, which experts did, but hackers discovered 61 vulnerabilities in electronic devices for the first time.
The Zero Day Initiative director of vulnerability research said the competition aims to harden the platforms by revealing their vulnerabilities and providing that research to vendors.
“The goal is always to fix these bugs before they are actively exploited by attackers,” the expert explained.
In parallel, new iPhone functions have left Facebook hungry for data about its users, in a tight spot due to Apple’s so-called Application Tracking Transparency (ATT), which reduces tracking capability by requesting explicit permission. , which would cost social media companies 10 billion in lost revenue during the second half of the year.
According to The Financial Times, the loss of revenue has been due to most iPhone users refusing to follow companies like Facebook, stifling their advertisers, not identifying them and hardly redirecting them to Apple users.
For this reason, advertisers who often use Snap, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to target iPhone users are now taking their business elsewhere on Android and even Apple’s own advertising business. went.
“Apple’s decision to change the privacy settings of iPhones resulted in the loss of estimated revenue of $9.85 billion in the second half of this year across Span, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as its advertising businesses were hit by the new rules,” The Financial said. Wrote Times.