Your web browsers including Chrome, Edge, and Safari are not as safe as you might think

Recently, Chrome, Edge, Safari were hacked at a Security event in China named Tianfu Cup. Our lives are being more dependable on digital devices than ever and there’s nothing scarier than the fear of losing your personal information to some third parties. To know about the loopholes of various web browsers a Security-focused event was held at China aimed to exploit various web browsers and to reward the researchers. Various researchers test some hidden loopholes presented within some known apps including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and even Apple’s Safari as well as Office 365 and Adobe PDF Reader. Security Researchers were even able to hack these apps and softwar during the contest and earned thousands of dollars in rewards.

Various apps exploited by Security Researchers

This Security-focused event was held on Sunday and team 360Vulcan topped among the list of other security researchers by managing to exploit Microsoft Edge, Adobe PDF Reader, Office 365, VMWare Workstation and qemu+Ubuntu and earned a total bounty of $382K.

According to TianfuCup's Twitter account, Security researchers at the event were able to find some loopholes in Google Chrome and earned around $120,000 for that.

During this event, more than three successful exploits earned a bounty by targeting the Edge browser. The security loopholes were found on the EdgetHTML based Edge browser instead of the Chromium-based version of the browser. The security researchers participating in the event earned a total of $120,000 from exploiting Edge.

Along with the vulnerabilities found in Edge, Security researcher teams participating in the event were also able to detect the loopholes in Chrome and were able to hack it which lead them to earn a total of $40,000.

A team named SlackLeader was able to find some loophole in the Safari app and was able to exploit this Apple browser which helped the team earn around $30,000.


Usually, these types of events are attended by software vendors to get detailed insight on the existing vulnerabilities but somehow this Tianfu Cup was majorly skipped by them all. Along with the exploits of web browsers, security researchers were also able to hack into Office 365 and qemu-kvm+Ubuntu as well. There were also reports about some loopholes detected in Adobe PDF Reader as well.

The team 360Vulcan highlighted the hacks of VMWare and qemu+Ubuntu and for this, they were able to earn a huge amount of $200,000 and $80,000.

Response from the Tech Companies

According to the reports by ZDNet, some members from the Chrome security team were seen attending the event but there’s no official response from Google regarding its emerging exploits. There’s also no response from Apple and Microsoft too regarding the hacks that took place at the Tianfu Cup.

This type of event is held to help tech companies know about the loopholes present in their apps and to help them find some new ways to stop these apps from getting hacked in the future. So, we are looking forward to the response from all these tech companies about the hacks that took place during the event.



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