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Teenager hacks Google, wins $60,000

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A teenager who goes by the online name 'Pinkie Pie' has won $60,000 (£37,000) for hacking into Google for a second time.

The company launched a competition - 'Pwnium 2' - offering a reward for anyone who can spot security holes with its products.

In a press release, Google called Pinkie Pie's findings "critical" to the Google Chrome web browser.

It states: "Congratulations to Pinkie Pie, returning to the fray with another beautiful piece of work!

"We're delighted at the success of Pwnium 2, and anticipate additional hardening and future improvements to Chrome as a result of the competition."

Google announced the Pwnium contest in August, promising up to $2 million (£1.25m) in prizes to those with the best exploits. The first Pwnium competition offered $1 million (£623,000) back in February.

Pinkie Pie also won $60,000 in the first competition.

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