This year’s Hack in the Box conference – which ends today – has just made someone $60000 richer: Google awarded a teen hacker $60000 for uncovering a security flaw in the Chrome browser. The prize money is part of the second Pwnium competition by Google which offers generous prize money to anyone who uncovers security issues in its Chrome browser, or other web-related issues as part of the company’s mission to make the web safer for all.
The first Pwnium competition was organized earlier this year, in conjunction with the Black Hat event, where the same hacker – who goes by the handle Pinkie Pie – won the top prize by stringing together six vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser to successfully break out of the browser’s sandbox. While this new vulnerability uncovered by Pinkie Pie hasn’t been disclosed (due to obvious security reasons), Google’s security team has since confirmed the issue and has issued an update yesterday to fix it.
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