The contest between the three laptops was part of the CanSecWest security conference in the US. The organizers awarded Miller with his victim – the MacBook Air – , plus a bonus of $10,000.
Apparently, Miller’s attempts would’ve been unsuccessful had the organizers not allowed contestant to also give specific order to the guys operating the computers put to test. Basically, Miller’s strategy was very simple: he asked the operator to visit a certain site, which had a exploit code packed withing.
The result? The Safari browser was defeated shortly after the visit and the laptop was at Miller’s mercy. Needless to say, the organizers had Miller sign a non-disclosure agreement, meaning that the exploit will hit the Internet highway only after Apple has been fully informed.