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Nearly $4 million in prize money between Pwnium and Pwn2Own drives more attention than ever to the two hacking contests, as Google crosses the $3 million security award mark.
The day before two annual Google-sponsored hacking contests kick off at a security conference in Vancouver, Google tidies up some of Chrome's loose ends.
To encourage more websites to adopt the secure HTTPS protocol, Google makes it a factor in its search result rankings.
A security initiative from Google hopes to identify and put a stop to previously unknown, unpatched bugs that threaten the Web at large.
Mobile security remains a struggle: CanSecWest calls attention to flaws in Android and BlackBerry 10, while a newly discovered encryption weakness in iOS 7 could put iPad and iPhone owners at risk.
Samsung is chipping in some engineering know-how toward Mozilla's pursuit of a new programming language that it hopes will be a holy grail of code.
Researchers from MWR Labs find a way to exploit a Chrome vulnerability, sidestep Windows 7 safety measures, and do whatever they want on the operating system.
The winner, Sergey Glazunov, was the first to submit an entry in Google's Pwnium competition to find security exploits in Chrome.
All four drop like flies in hacking contest that takes researchers weeks or more to prepare for, but just minutes to win.
Fixes for IE bug revealed in Pwn2Own contest and holes in Server Message Block software for client and server are among 64 holes addressed in 17 bulletins.