Google is scrapping its annual Pwnium hacking competition which has been held for four years in a row at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Canada, but that doesn't mean that security researchers can't send their Chrome and Chrome OS exploits to Google and collect a monetary reward.
Google is looking to minimize its users' exposure to potentially unwanted software, and to that end they have announced a few changes.
Google Chrome users are being actively targeted with a spam email campaign impersonating the Internet giant, urging them to download a newer version of the popular browser because theirs is "potentially vulnerable and out of date": Unfortunately for those who fall for this scam, the offered link does not lead to the legitimate software, even though the executable is named ChromeSetup.exe.
Late last week WhiteHat Security open sourced Aviator, its Chromium-based browser that has been marketed as "the most secure browser online." The browser offers anonymity and security by default: no hidden tracking by advertizers, blocks advertisements by default (thus preventing malvertising attacks), default private browsing mode, and so on.
Google has announced another change in its Chrome bug bounty: the maximum reward per bug has been tripled, and now stands at $15,000.
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