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Here's the only smartphone left standing after a hacking competition

Here's the only smartphone left standing after a hacking competition
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Hewlett-Packard sponsors a hacking contest called Pwn2Own. The contest tasks good-guy hackers with finding security flaws in different devices depending on the contest. Hackers get a chance to flex their muscles and teach corporate supergiants a thing or two about security.

The latest Pwn2Own was all about smartphones, and the only brand to make it out alive was Windows Phone.

From everything I've heard from listeners with Windows Phones, it's a fun and responsive mobile operating system. After it was the only phone that a Pwn2Own contestant failed to hack, we might have to add security to its unique features list. Nico Joly, winner of another Pwn2Own competition, was the only competitor to face off with Windows Phone.

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He was given a Lumia 1520 (developed by Nokia after Microsoft purchased them) and was the only competitor who failed to fully breach the phone's systems.

Here are the smartphones that hackers were able to bust up: iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG Nexus 5 and Amazon's Fire Phone were left at the hacker's mercy. Add that notch to Microsoft's belt.

The details of how the hacks worked won't be revealed until all of the hacked companies patch the holes that hackers used to break their phones. Stick with me for a followup.

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Source: Ars Technica
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