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Google Gives Hacker 60K For Discovering Chrome Flaw

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Pinkie Pie also won $60,000 for finding another hole in the popular browser in March.

A hacker has been awarded $60,000 from Google thanks to his part in discovering a flaw in the firm's Chrome browser. The anonymous hacker, who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, won the prize money, as well as a Chromebook, during a hacker conference that took place in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

This isn't the only time he's won prize money from Google for finding a flaw in the browser, though. Back in March, he took home his first $60,000 prize.

"Congrats to Pinkie Pie, returning to the fray with another beautiful piece of work!" Google Chrome engineer Jason Kersey said. He added that the development team is "delighted at the success" of the hacker conference and now looks forward to improving the browser based on revelations uncovered during the event.

Google engineer Chris Evans confirmed that Google was able to fix the bug in less than 10 hours after it was discovered by Pinkie Pie, which is an alias named after a My Little Pony character.

"We'd like to thank Pinkie Pie for his hard work," Evans said. He promised a more detailed look at the hack once the issue has been resolved for the majority of users.

The company announced in August that it would deliver a total of $2 million to hackers who could find holes in their system. The $60,000 won by Pinkie Pie was for a "Full Chrome exploit," which is a flaw that exists exclusively in Chrome.

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    Shin-san , October 11, 2012 10:58 PM
    I would say "how is that guy not working for Google", but then realized that he probably makes more money finding their security holes
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    ironmb , October 11, 2012 11:04 PM
    If i had the knowledge Pinkie Pie has, I would be doing the same thing.
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  • 21 Hide
    Shin-san , October 11, 2012 10:58 PM
    I would say "how is that guy not working for Google", but then realized that he probably makes more money finding their security holes
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    Anonymous , October 11, 2012 11:01 PM
    Oh god, Pinkie pie. I lost it, laughing so hard right now.
  • 13 Hide
    ironmb , October 11, 2012 11:04 PM
    If i had the knowledge Pinkie Pie has, I would be doing the same thing.
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    echondo , October 11, 2012 11:09 PM
    Pinkie Pie? Really?

    It's funny, but sad at the same time...
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    Camikazi , October 11, 2012 11:11 PM
    echondoPinkie Pie? Really?It's funny, but sad at the same time...

    He's a bronie dude, respect the bronies!

    /)
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    nokz , October 11, 2012 11:13 PM
    Bronies....
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    Camikazi , October 12, 2012 12:17 AM
    There is a distinct lack of bronies around here, that is very sad :( 
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    axehand13 , October 12, 2012 3:04 AM
    He will have a hard time cashing that check being made out to pinkie pie.
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    pliskin1 , October 12, 2012 5:15 AM
    I think i need to take up hacking.
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    CrArC , October 12, 2012 9:28 AM
    CamikaziThere is a distinct lack of bronies around here, that is very sad


    Why, hello there. We shouldn't be everywhere, you know. Will appear obnoxiously obsessed (and probably do already, thanks to a few).

    Still, every article I read about the hacker "Pinkie Pie" does have me laughing, heheh. The less aware the journalist is, the funnier it gets.
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    shin0bi272 , October 12, 2012 9:50 AM
    F*cking bronies! They're everywhere!

    When do you think google will stop giving away money for finding flaws in their software?
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    Reynod , October 12, 2012 11:34 AM
    Quote:
    F*cking bronies! They're everywhere!

    When do you think google will stop giving away money for finding flaws in their software?


    "Brohoof!"


    :) 
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    Camikazi , October 12, 2012 2:35 PM
    reynod"Brohoof!"

    /)
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    f-14 , October 12, 2012 6:47 PM
    had to google bronies, now i can't stop laughing from all the comments and google definitions, thanks for making this a great friday!

    read this for laughs:
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bronie
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