This year’s Pwn2Own Hacking Competition in Vancouver lead to a shocking finding. Participants from around the world were rewarded $557,500 in bounties for finding critical bugs in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari web browsers along with flaws in Windows OS, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash. The bounty hunter of the year was South Korean security researcher Jung Hoon Lee who claimed $110,000 in less than two minutes by exploiting a flaw in Google Chrome.
While this may seem like we shouldn’t trust any of these major browsers, in the end this is a positive story. The purpose of these competitions isn’t to worry or be frightened to use any of these services, but to know that they are frequently checking themselves and updating themselves to eliminate any weaknesses. With that said, taking personal steps to protect yourself, your computer, and your identity can ensure a safer internet experience. For a full article about this event, please click here:: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE – All Browsers Hacked at Pwn2Own Competition