Teenager Finds Three Chrome Zero Day Flaws, Wins $60,000
Pinkie Pie may soon be working at Google.
Towards the end of Google's Pwnium hacking contest, an unidentified teen won $60,000 by hacking the Chrome browser using three zero day vulnerabilities.
"The tall teen, who asked to be identified only by his handle 'Pinkie Pie' because his employer did not authorize his activity, spent just a week and a half to find the vulnerabilities and craft the exploit, achieving stability only in the last hours of the contest," writes Wired's Kim Zetter.
"Pinkie Pie, wearing shorts, a t-shirt and glasses, said he’d never submitted a vulnerability report to Google before, but he had sent his resume to the company last year seeking a job," Zetter writes. "He wrote in his cover note that he could crack Chrome on OSX, but he never got a reply. But now it looks like the teen might soon be riding his pony into the Googleplex."
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March 12, 2012
Last-minute zero day exploits poked holes in Chrome and Firefox at CanSecWest, and a teenager won $60,000 -- but the vast majority of Google's prize money was left on table.