Bug bounty programs have always been the most innovative way to find out important security vulnerabilities in a software. While most car makers would dread the idea of letting someone hack into the software of their cars, Tesla has decided to go the other way. The company is inviting security researchers to find vulnerabilities in its car’s software through a 3-day computer hacking contest called Pwn2Own which will be held between March 20-22 in Vancouver, Canada.
Pwn2Own is part of the CanSec West security conference. The contest started back in 2007 and challenged participants to find security flaws in mobile devices and software. Apple was the first company to use this route to reinstate that its Mac ecosystem was difficult to penetrate. The company offered MacBook Pro as a prize in Pwn2Own 2007 contest. Apart from Tesla, companies like Microsoft and Oracle will also be participating in this year’s Pwn2Own contest.
“It’s inspiring to see some of today’s leading tech companies taking the initiative to secure their products by leveraging the incredibly talented minds participating in Pwn2Own. The target list for the contest is certainly impressive, and I’m excited to see what kinds of creative solutions researchers will demonstrate during the competition,” said Dragos Ruiu, CanSec West event organizer.
The contest has become a premier event for white hat hackers to test their skills. The hackers can use various tools in their attempt to intrude into mobile devices and software and win prizes in the process. It has become an industry-leading contest that helps companies test their products, thereby reinforcing the idea that
hackathons make great business sense.