Hackers Vie for More than $1 Million to Take Down Browsers
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection As alleged hackers from LulzSec and Anonymous contemplate the possibility of a life behind bars, other hackers are limbering up in Canada this week to vie for more than $1 million in prize money for their hacking prowess. The annual Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest security conference is in its sixth year and aims to improve the security of the internet by challenging researchers to find zero-day vulnerabilities and develop exploits to attack them, while disclosing the findings to vendors to allow the companies to patch their products before the vulnerabilities can be exploited in the wild. The contest provides the makers of browser software and other applications with valuable information about security flaws in their products, without having to spend the time and resources to uncover the vulnerabilities themselves.

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