Pwn2Own Hackers Take Down Chrome, Firefox, IE102013.03.08 09:44 by Daniela
Keywords: Pwn2Own, hackers, security
In its eighth year, the Pwn2Own contest paid $100,000 for the successful exploitation of IE 10 running on a Surface Pro tablet powered by Windows 8. The attack was impressive because it was able to bypass a variety of anti-exploit technologies Microsoft has added to its flagship operating system and browser over the past decade. To succeed, researchers from France-based Vupen Security had to combine multiple attacks, a technique that is growing increasingly common.
A hack of Chrome on Windows 7 was worth $100,000, as well. MWR Labs promised a more in-depth breakdown of its hack once Google has patched the bug.
HP provided most of the sponsorship for Pwn2Own this year, and Brian Gorenc, head of its DVLabs team, said that the company had paid out $480,000 in cash to the crackers, along with laptops and subscriptions that brings the total prize pot to over half a million dollars.
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