Pwn2Own, a computer hacking contest, which will begin on March 7th in Vancouver, British Columbia, has slightly modified its concept, according to sources.
First of all, smartphone hacks have been dropped completely in favor of the web browser exploits against Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari running on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Furthermore, instead of rewarding only those who exploit security flaws in the first few hours, which is usually the case, this time Pwn2Own organizers will use points based system with all platforms in play.
To make contest even more interesting, cash prizes will be increased as the first three place winners will take $60,000, $30,000 and $15,000 respectively. In addition to that, Google will include another prize of $20,000 for Chrome hacks only.
And before you ask, still no news about the inclusion of other web browsers, such as Opera.
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