Pwn2Own hacking contest puts record $560K on the line
But it was the cash that caught researchers' attention.
The $100,000 prize for an exploit of Chrome or IE10, for example, was 67% more than Google paid last year in its inaugural Pwnium contest, and over six times the maximum paid at Pwn2Own in 2011 for hacking a desktop browser.
The always-quotable Charlie Miller, who won prizes at Pwn2Own four years in a row -- the only "four-peat" in the contest's history -- bemoaned the high awards.
"I have to say the Pwn2Own prize money is serious," Miller said on Twitter yesterday. "I feel like a 1950's pro athlete wondering why current athletes are paid so much."
Miller, who won at Pwn2Own while a security consultant, now works for Twitter.
Others took up Miller's line of thought, with Larry Seltzer, a long-time security reporter and now the editorial director of Byte, chiming in with, "They're all using exploit-enhancing drugs these days."
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His email address is email@example.com.
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