Security News > 2021 > April > White Hats Earn $440,000 for Hacking Microsoft Products on First Day of Pwn2Own 2021
On the first day of the Pwn2Own 2021 hacking competition, participants earned more than half a million dollars, including $440,000 for demonstrating exploits against Microsoft products.
The competition's organizer, Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative, said there were seven attempts on the first day and five of them were successful.
A team called Devcore earned $200,000 for taking complete control of a Microsoft Exchange server by chaining authentication bypass and local privilege escalation vulnerabilities.
A researcher who uses the online moniker OV was awarded $200,000 for a Microsoft Teams code execution exploit.
On the second and third days of Pwn2Own 2021, white hat hackers will attempt to demonstrate exploits against Chrome and Edge, Zoom, Parallels Desktop, Microsoft Exchange, Ubuntu, and Windows 10.
A team of researchers did earn a Tesla back in 2019 when the automotive hacking category was introduced at Pwn2Own.