Pwn2Own: Google to Give Away CR-48 Laptop and $20,000

By | February 3, 2011 | 7 Comments


Pwn2Own: Google to Give Away CR-48 Laptop and $20,000The 5th Pwn2Own contest is here and there are some special treats for all you exploiters.

In addition to already offered prizes by Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) (a total is $105,000), Google Inc. will also be giving away a CR-48 laptop running Google Chrome OS and $20,000 to one lucky hacker who will exploit a security hole in Google Chrome web browser.

Contestants are welcomed to hack the following browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

All of them will be running on a 64-bit, Windows 7 or OS X machines.

As for Opera inclusion, it’s still the same “low market share” argument.


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  • ouzowtf

    The “low market share argument” is still the most ridiculous thing at this contest.

  • http://akhilvanjari.com Pramod

    Obviously Opera wouldn’t be included in the event since Google is funding the event and its own browser Chrome is in direct competition with Opera which is the most secure browser (according to Secunia). So ofcourse it has been sidelined again.

  • http://my.opera.com/DanielHendrycks Daniel Hendrycks

    Where are some links?

  • Armin

    How does the low market share argument make any sense? Since it has low market share, shouldn’t it be easier to hack due to the whole security through obscurity issue?

  • Xerxes

    As for Opera inclusion, it’s still the same “Unhackable” argument.

  • Mark

    I’m guessing they know how secure Opera is, at least one of the main hackers runs Opera on a daily basis.

    It would be no fun trying to hack something that’s as secure as Opera.