Chrome hacked in minutes

Google Chrome browser was hacked twice in security competitions at CanSecWest hacking conference in Vancouver- with one successful attack taking only five minutes. The hack was conducted by researchers from French security firm Vupen, who broke Chrome’s sandbox, a system that checks the legitimacy of web code to stop malware damaging the browser.

At the same conference, a Russian researcher revealed another flaw in the sandbox by showing how malicious code could be installed on a user’s PC just by visiting a website.

While the hacks may seem like bad news, it’s actually good for Chrome users, because these hacking contests are held so that reseachers can find security flaws before criminals do. Google immediately fixed the flaws, so you shouldn’t worry. Even though the exceptionally secure but some risk always remain. It is good reminder to be careful online.


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