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VN experts win at world's leading cyberattack contest for three consecutive years

Pwn2Own, the world's leading cyberattack competition, has announced that two security experts from the Viettel Cyber Security Company are the winners at Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022.

Two Viettel experts won the Local Elevation of Privilege category, which had the participation of more than 20 top experts from famous technology companies such as STAR Labs, Sea Security...

This is the third time that Viettel's security experts have been honored at this contest. At Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 and Pwn2Own Vancouver 2021, 2 Viettel also had 2 winners for each contest.

Viettel was the only representative from Vietnam at this event.

At this year's contest, the experts named Dao Trong Nghia and Tran Huu Phuc Vinh were able to successfully show an escalation of privilege via Integer Overflow on Microsoft Windows 11. The contest featured more than 20 IT experts around the world from leading technology firms such as STAR Labs and Sea Security.

Viettel Cyber Security now has over 400 high quality IT experts, including 30 people recognised at international network security ranking and prestigious organisations such as Microsoft, Bugcrowd and Google.

The annual Pwn2Own is the world's largest and most prestigious cyber-attack competition, sponsored by security firm TrendMicro and held by the Zero Day Initiative since 2007. Famous technology companies bring their products as targets for hackers to show their skills to attack and exploit the software or equipment, through which manufacturers can immediately correct errors and improve security.

Pwn2Own 2022 focused on finding vulnerabilities on major operating system platforms including Windows 11, Microsoft Teams, Ubuntu Desktop, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Oracle VirtualBox and Tesla. Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022 ended with up to 17 successful exploits and awarded US$1.15 million to white-hat hackers and security researchers. 

Minh Ngoc

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