Last week at Pwn2Own Miami 2022, a hacking contest focusing on industrial control systems (ICS), contestants earned a total of $400,000 for their exploits. Two Dutch researchers even took home $90,000 and a championship trophy by targeting the software that helps run the world’s critical infrastructure.
The worst part? They said it was their “easiest challenge yet.”
Naturally, these feats raise the question: Why is it so easy to break into the systems that run the world’s most critical, far-reaching technologies?