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Google Chrome hacked first in Pwn2Own competition

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by Jon Martindale, 09 Mar 2012News

At the Pwn2Own competition held in Canada, some French hackers were able to crack open Google's chrome sphere, quicker than any other browser - in under five minutes.

The hackers in question were no underground anons, or roller skating, Wipeout playing teens that happen to a look a lot like Angelina Jolie or Matthew Lillard, but a French security firm that has a questionable reputation, due to its selling of software vulnerabilities to government organisations.

"Last year, we saw a lot of headlines that no one could hack Chrome. We wanted to make sure it was the first to fall this year," said the company's head, Chaouki Bekrar in an interview with Zdnet. Last year, the browser was the only one to stand triumphantly unhacked by the end of the competition, so his willingness is understandable - even from just the perspective of professional pride.

Apparently, it took the firm around six weeks to find the vulnerabilities that it would ultimately use to bring the browser crashing down in the competition. It wasn't the only one hacked by Mr Bekrar and his fellow security pros; the group came prepared with hacks for each of the main browsers. It was just keen to get Chrome out of the way, to show that it was far from unhackable.

He did however praise Google for its well-circled digital wagons, saying that the Chrome sandbox is the most secure out there at the moment and that ultimately this helps make it one of the most secure browsers available.

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