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Calling All Hackers

Monday, June 04, 2012
Out there in the world of internet browsers, there are a couple of major players most of us hear about. Internet Explorer by Microsoft, Safari by Apple, Firefox by Mozilla, and Chrome by Google are just a couple of the big ones. However, internet browsers aren’t just a way to get to the internet anymore. With the addition of extensions and add-ons, our browsers can save passwords, auto-fill pages, help listen to music, and much more. But, with the added functionality of these extensions and add-ons comes greater security risk. That’s why big time player Google is putting up to $1 Million for grabs if someone can successfully exploit Google Chrome.

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Every year at the CanSecWest security conference, Google will sponsor rewards for Google Chrome exploits. (Google, 2012) This year however, they want to up the ante as a larger learning experience. The Chrome Security Team feels that in order to create the best, most secure browser, they need to find as many of the security holes and exploits within the browser as they can. The best way to go about that is to reward users for finding those issues. Not only does this help the competitors learn more about security flaws and holes, but it gives the Chrome Security Team a chance to go back and learn from those exploits and make their browser better. The prize amounts are $60,000, $40,000, and $20,000 and will be handed out for each exploit found until the $1 million mark is reached. In addition, each participant who finds an exploit will receive a Chromebook as well. Hopefully with this contest in place, Google can take an already secure browser and make it even greater!

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