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Researchers rake in $280K at Pwn2Own hacking contest

Gregg Keizer | March 8, 2013
Teams hack IE10, Chrome 25, Firefox 19, and Java 7 as eighth Pwn2Own gets off to an impressive start.

Several prizes went unclaimed Wednesday, including the two $70,000 awards for Adobe's Flash Player and Adobe Reader on Windows 7, and the $65,000 check for Safari on OS X Mountain Lion. Flash and Reader are slated to be attacked today.

Google's own contest, Pwnium 3, kicks off Thursday at CanSecWest when Chrome OS -- the search giant's browser-based operating system -- will be targeted by researchers. Pwnium 3 is notable for the $3.14 million Google has set aside for potential awards, and for the individual prizes of as much as $150,000 for each successful exploit.

This is Pwn2Own's eighth year, but the total prize pool of more than a half million dollars is a record for the contest.

More information about Pwn2Own can be found on TippingPoint's blog.


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