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Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'
Publish Date: Aug 21, 2014
Facebook awards 'Internet Defense Prize'
Facebook said it decided to provide opportunities for researchers to produce work that protecrs people. (AFP)
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SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook on Wednesday awarded a $50,000 Internet Defense Prize to a pair of German researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in Web applications.

Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany won the new cash award for a paper outlining how to find flaws hackers could exploit, according to the California based social network.

The committee behind the prize saw a "clear path" for using the money to build the research into technology that could be implemented in the real world.

"We decided to focus on creating greater opportunities and incentives for researchers to produce work that actually protects people," Facebook security engineering manager John Flynn said in a blog post.

"Our answer is the Internet Defense Prize, an award to recognize superior quality research that combines a working prototype with significant contributions to the security of the Internet -- particularly in the areas of protection and defense."

Flynn was a member of the award committee for the prize, which was announced at a USENIX Security Symposium in Southern California.

"USENIX is thrilled to collaborate with Facebook on this significant award, which shines a light on the importance of securing the Internet by identifying critical vulnerabilities and preventing their exploitation," association executive director Casey Henderson said in a released statement.

AFP

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