A hacking contest slated for next month will award cash prizes of $10,000 (£7,000) to anyone who can break into the most popular smartphones, including Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry.
The PWN2OWN contest, which will kick off March 18 at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, will offer a dual-track hacking challenge for the first time, said Terri Forslof, security response manager at 3Com's TippingPoint, the contest sponsor.
PWN2OWN has made headlines in its two previous years for hacks of Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows. But this year, the content will focus on mobile devices and Web browsers, said Forslof.
"Mobile is a new frontier of sorts," said Forslof. "We've seen mobile exploits in the past, but we still don't see a lot of focus in that area. More and more, people are taking computing on the go and rely on these devices for e-mail and accessing the Web. So it seemed prudent to have a look at them, and the contest is a good forum for that."