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Famed Hacker from Glen Rock Wins $150K for Exploiting Google Chrome

The tech company ran a hacking competition to expose weaknesses in its OS, report says.

Famous hacker George Hotz, a Glen Rock native known online as Geohot, scored a $150,000 prize from Google at a recent security competition the tech company held in Vancouver, the International Business Times reported.

According to the report, the Pwnium 4 security competition asked hackers to identify security risks to the Chrome Operating System by hacking it. Geohot and other hackers identified several bugs, including some in default Chrome apps and when Chrome combines with Flash, the report said.

“We're delighted at the success of Pwnium and the ability to study full exploits,” Google posted on its Chrome blog.

“We anticipate landing additional changes and hardening measures for these vulnerabilities in the near future.”

Hotz, who attended Glen Rock Public Schools and Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, first came to the public's attention in 2007 when he released a "jail break" for one of the original versions of the Apple iPhone. He also is known for hacking Sony’s PS3.

Jack Cobin March 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM
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