Hewlett Packard recently sponsored a hacking contest in Vancouver, Canada, to see if anyone could break into “unhackable” programs, web sites and browsers. It may come as no surprise that there were people out there who were fully capable of hacking into the unhackable.
Contest participants found 21 critical bugs, and earned over half a million in prize money. Almost half of that, $225,000, went to one guy, Jung Hoon Lee, who hacked his way into Google’s Chrome web browser, despite Google’s claim it was almost impossible. He also earned money hacking Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash. It was the most ever won by a single person.