Hackers to stress-test Facebook Portal at hacking contest



Hackers will soon be able to stress-test that the Facebook Portal at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, following the debut of the societal media giant’s debut hardware device last year.

Pwn2Own is one of the largest hacking contests on earth, where exhibit and security investigators descend to locate their exploits for vulnerabilities such as automobiles and appliances, in a variety of technologies and consumer electronic equipment.

It’s not unusual for businesses to permit hackers place their products through their paces. Tesla before this year entered its new Model 3 car into the contest. A set of investigators later scooped up $375,000 — along with the automobile they kissed — for locating a severe memory randomization insect in the web browser of the car’s infotainment system.

Hackers able to remotely inject and run code on the Facebook Portal can get up to $60,000, even though a privilege escalation bug or a attack can net 40,000.

Presenting the Facebook Portal is part of a push by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative, that runs the contest, to enlarge the assortment of home automation devices available to investigators in attendance. Pwn2Own said investigators will also get a chance to try to hack an Amazon Echo Show 5, a Google Nest Hub Max, an Amazon Cloud Cam, plus a Nest Cam IQ Indoor.

Facebook said it would also enable hackers to discover flaws in the Oculus Quest virtual reality kit.

Pwn2Own Tokyo, place to be held on November 6-7, is forecast to dish out more than $750,000 in cash and prizes.

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