Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


IoT Security

Device Exploits Earn Hackers Nearly $1 Million at Pwn2Own Toronto 2022

The Zero Day Initiative’s Pwn2Own Toronto 2022 hacking contest has come to an end, with participants earning nearly $1 million for exploits targeting smartphones, printers, routers, NAS devices, and smart speakers.

The Zero Day Initiative’s Pwn2Own Toronto 2022 hacking contest has come to an end, with participants earning nearly $1 million for exploits targeting smartphones, printers, routers, NAS devices, and smart speakers.

After the first day, when participants earned $400,000, it seemed that well over $1 million would be awarded by the end of the four-day competition. However, due to the unusually high number of entries — 26 contestants signed up for 66 exploits — ZDI decided to award the full cash prize only to the first winner of each target, with subsequent exploits getting 50% of the prize money.

On the second day, participants took home $280,000, and on the third-day they were awarded roughly $250,000. On the last day, there were many failures and exploits using previously known vulnerabilities and the white hat hackers only won $55,000.

The highest rewards were earned in the new SOHO Smashup category, where a small office / home office (SOHO) scenario is simulated. The goal was to hack a router on the WAN interface and then pivot to the LAN, where a second device needed to be hacked, such as a smart speaker, NAS appliance, or printer.

For SOHO Smashup exploits involving various routers and printers, Pwn2Own participants were awarded a total of $300,000.

Sonos One smart speaker exploits earned more than $100,000. The Samsung Galaxy S22 was also hacked, for a total of $125,000. Google and Apple phones have not been hacked at the event.

Significant prizes, of $40,000 each, were also earned for NAS device hacks. Printer and router hacks were rewarded with between $1,250 and $20,000.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The Devcore team won the event, earning $142,500 and other prizes.

The total amount of money paid out at Pwn2Own Toronto 2022 was ​​$989,750, roughly the same as at last year’s event. At Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022, which took place in May, participants took home $1.1 million for hacking Tesla Model 3, Windows 11, Ubuntu, Microsoft Teams, Safari, Firefox and Oracle VirtualBox.

Related: Printers Hacked for First Time at Pwn2Own

Related: ICS Exploits Earn Hackers $400,000 at Pwn2Own Miami 2022

Written By

Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

Click to comment

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

SecurityWeek’s Threat Detection and Incident Response Summit brings together security practitioners from around the world to share war stories on breaches, APT attacks and threat intelligence.


Securityweek’s CISO Forum will address issues and challenges that are top of mind for today’s security leaders and what the future looks like as chief defenders of the enterprise.


Expert Insights

Related Content

Application Security

Cycode, a startup that provides solutions for protecting software source code, emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday with $4.6 million in seed funding.


Less than a week after announcing that it would suspended service indefinitely due to a conflict with an (at the time) unnamed security researcher...

Data Breaches

OpenAI has confirmed a ChatGPT data breach on the same day a security firm reported seeing the use of a component affected by an...

CISO Strategy

SecurityWeek spoke with more than 300 cybersecurity experts to see what is bubbling beneath the surface, and examine how those evolving threats will present...

Management & Strategy

SecurityWeek examines how a layoff-induced influx of experienced professionals into the job seeker market is affecting or might affect, the skills gap and recruitment...

Risk Management

The supply chain threat is directly linked to attack surface management, but the supply chain must be known and understood before it can be...


The latest Chrome update brings patches for eight vulnerabilities, including seven reported by external researchers.

CISO Conversations

In this issue of CISO Conversations we talk to two CISOs about solving the CISO/CIO conflict by combining the roles under one person.