Google Pwnium Program Now Open All Year

Google is expanding its successful Pwnium vulnerability reward program–which has run at various security conferences for a couple of years now–to run continuously and offer an unlimited pool of financial rewards. Pwnium originally was established as an alternative to the Pwn2Own hacking contest at CanSecWest every spring. The Pwn2Own contest has been the origin of […]

Three Things to Take Away from CanSecWest, Pwn2Own

Three Things to Take Away from CanSecWest, Pwn2Own

Now that CanSecWest and the Pwn2Own hacking contest has wrapped up for another year, we’re left to still ponder the security of web browsers, whether BIOS attacks are the next frontier, and how exploit brokers will shape the business end of vulnerability research.

Google raised the degree of difficulty for Pwn2Own and Pwnium hacking contestants by patching 10 vulnerabilities in its Web browser last night.The popular contests, which kick off tomorrow in Vancouver at the CanSecWest Conference, feature millions in prize money for researchers who can crack not only Chrome and the Chromium operating system, but Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, as well as Adobe Reader and Flash, Oracle’s Java platform and others.

Search giant Google is planning a third iteration of its vulnerability-finding contest, Pwnium. This year’s competition is set to be held alongside next month’s CanSecWest security conference on March 7 in Vancouver, BC. Unlike last year’s inaugural Pwnium, which was parallel to CanSecWest’s older Pwn2Own competition, this year Google teamed up with HP’s Zero Day Initiative, the group behind Pwn2Own, to work on the contest’s outlines and “underwrite a portion of the winnings.”

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