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Pwn2Own: Tesla Hack, Broken VMs, and Skewed Economics

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Pwn2Own: Tesla Hack, Broken VMs, and Skewed EconomicsIn the latest Pwn2Own vulnerability throwdown at the CanSecWest conference, two researchers walk away with the lion's share of rewards-just like the real marketplace.

A pair of security researchers dominated the annual Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver last week, driving away with $375,000 in bounties for their six successful hacks—including that of a Tesla Model 3's infotainment system, a feat that earned them the car itself as a prize.

The out-of-balance results are not a fluke. The contest comes only months after vulnerability researchers and security professionals debated the skewed economics of the bug bounty marketplace, where a few researchers win big, hundreds more may make enough to live, and the vast majority often never place.

In a chapter for the book "New Solutions for Cybersecurity," security professionals teamed up with experts from Harvard University and the Massachussetts of...(continued)

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