Security researchers, Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, came out first in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest after devising and implementing top notch profile exploits which included an Amazon Echo.
The two security researchers together make up Team Fluoroacetate. The duo bagged a total bug bounty of $60,000. They had implemented an integer overflow exploit against the new Amazon Echo show 5 which is an Alexa-powered smart display.
In the course of the contest. The hackers were enlightened by the fact that the Amazon device uses an older version of Chromium, a Google open-source browser project. This bug gave them supremacy over the device when connected to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot.
Amazon had spoken up about the results obtained from the contest which without doubt was a drawback for the device; a vulnerability that needs to be bridged.