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Google pwns hackers in Vancouver

Every other major browser this year in Vancouver fell victim to hackers in the Pwn2Own competition this year. There are lots of cash prizes available for people with skillz -- including $10,000 for browser vulnerabilities and $15,000 for mobile phones like iPhone and Android.
Written by Garett Rogers, Inactive on

Every other major browser this year in Vancouver fell victim to hackers in the Pwn2Own competition this year. There are lots of cash prizes available for people with skillz -- including $10,000 for browser vulnerabilities and $15,000 for mobile phones like iPhone and Android.

This year, all the major browsers were cracked within minutes -- that includes Firefox, IE8, and Safari. One browser was left standing -- Google Chrome. This browser is certainly getting a reputation of being solid, as researchers in the same competition last year were unable to do anything with Chrome either.

In addition to the Google Chrome browser, Android was left standing as well. That seems fairly impressive, since the iPhone was hacked in just 20 seconds according to Ryan Naraine.

These results don't mean that Google is 100% secure -- but it does mean that Google simply isn't the lowest hanging fruit. Market share isn't the reason researchers weren't focusing on Google products this year, because prize amounts didn't depend on it -- it just happens to be much easier to hack the competition.

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