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PWN2OWN Goes Deep to Exploit Browsers

Mar 07, 2011, 22:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"The Pwn2own hacking challenge, sponsored by HP TippingPoint has emerged as one of the pre-eminent security events in any given calendar year. Security researchers compete to see who can hack web browsers and mobile platforms with cash and prizes up for grabs.

"This year more money than ever will be on this line for researchers that specifically target Chrome, though Firefox, IE and Safari are still in researchers' crosshairs. Google is putting up $20,000 for Chrome vulnerabilities, while the total contest prize pool is approximately $125,000. Mobile platforms are also set to be targeted as researchers go beyond just the operating system to take aim at the underlying hardware as well. Researchers will also be going after the most secure aspects of browser security in an effort to demonstrate vulnerabilities."

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