All Major Browsers Hacked

Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari were all hacked at the Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver this week. Well, it’s not the good news we all wanted to hear, but the Pwn2Own conference is the kind of conference that rewards hackers by revealing their hacks to the public.

And that’s a good thing. In time, developers of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Safari can submit fixes to patch their browsers. But, it doesn’t bode well when hackers continually find browser security holes on a yearly basis.

The biggest winner this year is South Korean security researcher and serial browser hacker JungHoon Lee, also known online as lokihardt. His Google Chrome attack earned him the largest payout for a single exploit in the history of the competition.

He earned $75,000 for the Chrome bug, an extra $25,000 for a privilege escalation to SYSTEM and another $10,000 for also hitting the browser’s beta version for a total of $110,000.

Google Code Closing

A bit of news from Google. They’re shutting down Google Code. Not now, but in 10 months. This will give developers the time to migrate their code over to other project hosting companies such as GitHub, Bitbucket, etc. Beginning today, you can longer create a new project within Google Code.

So, I’m not surprised by Google’s move since they themselves have moved most of their open-source projects over to GitHub. To help with the migration, Google will offer tools for developers to migrate their code over to GitHub, Bitbucket or Sourceforge.

Finally, here’s the blog post from Google of the announcement.

GigaOm Shutting Down

It’s sad to hear GigamOm is shutting down. It’s on my list of tech sites I visit often.

Here’s the official message from GigaOm’s management.

A brief note on our company

Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank our readers and our community for supporting us all along.

— Gigaom management