Chrome Goes Down in Hacking Contest

At the CanSecWest security conference, where Google is offering a million dollars in prize money for bona fide Chrome hacks, one hacker has triumphed.

Google’s SVP of Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, posted the update on his Google+ profile: “Congrats to long-time Chromium contributor Sergey Glazunov who just submitted our first Pwnium entry. Looks like it qualifies as a “Full Chrome” exploit, qualifying for a $60k reward.”

Pichai said Google is working on a fix that will be pushed via auto-update and the company is actually looking forward to more exploits to make Chrome even stronger.

Chrome hasn’t been exploited in the previous two years at the hacking event.

Glazunov, who has earned almost $59,000 for reporting bugs to Google previously, also gets a free Chromebook.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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