Hacking Contest Highlights Vulnerabilities OF Mac, Windows and Linux

On Monday, security firm Tipping Point agreed to offer up to $20,000 as a prize to the first person to compromise each of three laptops running popular operating systems in the second annual PWN2OWN Competition at the CanSecWest conference, which takes place in Vancouver this week. The boost in the bounties came after researchers criticized the company for the more modest prizes announced last week. The first person to compromise any of three laptop computers -- running the latest versions of Apple's Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux -- will receive the prize money and the laptop.

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