Hacker wins $60,000 from Google after finding major security flaw in Chrome browser
New York: A hacker has won a 60,000 dollar prize from Google for finding a major security flaw in the Internet search giant’s Chrome browser.
The anonymous teen techie, who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, cracked the problem in Chrome and won the cash prize during a hacker conference on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
According to the New York Daily News, this is the second successful hack for Pinkie Pie this year, after he took home his first 60,000-dollar prize in March.
Google engineer Chris Evans praised the teen’s work, and said that Chrome was able to fix the bugs in less than ten hours after they were discovered.
“We’d like to thank Pinkie Pie for his hard work,” Evans wrote on The Chromium Blog.
According to the report, Google regularly runs contests for hackers who can expose bugs in Chrome, in an effort to make the browser more secure.
In August, the company announced it would give up to two million dollar prizes to engineers who could find holes in their system, following a similar contest in February during which they offered up to one million dollars million in prizes.