Hacker Wins $60K from Google for Chrome Exploit

Find a flaw in the Chrome browser and win a bundle. That’s basically what Google’s message was at its Pwnium 2 competition at the Hack in the Box 2012 Security Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 8 – 11.

The only big winner, going by the alias Pinkie Pie, left with a $60,000 prize and a free Google Chromebook. Mr. Pinkie Pie was not in unfamiliar territory either, having also taken home another $60,000 in the first Pwnium competition held earlier this year.

“Congrats to Pinkie Pie, returning to the fray with another beautiful piece of work!” blogged Google Chrome engineer Jason Kersey.

Google engineer, Chris Evans praised the teen for the “full Chrome exploit” but relayed that the Chrome team was able to fix the bugs in less than 10 hours after they were exposed.

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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