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We found a nice heartwarming social media story earlier that we thought we’d share with you all.
Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch, from Somerset, we happily planning their wedding, when with six weeks to go until the big day, catastrophe stuck. The events company they were using to organise it ceased trading, and their £4,500 deposit was lost as the company folded.
In an act of desperation, Lauren took to Twitter of the off-chance that someone might be able to help, by posting the message: “Help needed with aspects of our wedding after venue goes bust with 6 weeks 2 go & with our £4.5k!”
The response was overwhelming, as Twitter users with something to offer leaping in to help. All manner of things were offered including jewellery and clothes, a three-tiered chocolate cake, while a magician, make-up artist, a photographer and a wedding planner all provided to work for free or at a significantly reduced rate.
The bridesmaids did their part by tweeting messages, and things were really helped when Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue re-tweeted Lauren’s message to their thousands of followers. The couple estimate that in total they received £10,000 worth of free services and gifts.
Daniel and Lauren did get married on Saturday 25th February, and were understandably touched by the contributions of complete strangers: “It was a lovely wedding and I cannot believe how many people and businesses came forward to help us – it was amazing. I had gone on Twitter on the off-chance that someone might be able to help us but it just went mad.”
Google are following the growing trend of rewarding hackers for finding bugs in their code by holding the Pwnium security challenge at next week’s CanSecWest conference in Vancouver.
On Monday Google announced that it would pay cash awards from a fund of $1 million to anyone who can hack the Chrome browser. Google has pledged to pay multiple awards in the value of $60,000, $40,000 and $20,000, depending on the severity of the exploits, up to $1 million. Successful hackers will also win a Chromebook.
Writing on its blog, Google said: “We require each set of exploit bugs to be reliable, fully functional end to end, disjoint, of critical impact, present in the latest versions and genuinely ’0-day,’ i.e. not known to us or previously shared with third parties.”
The rewards criteria are detailed as follows on the Chromium Blog:
$60,000 – “Full Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome itself.
$40,000 – “Partial Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using at least one bug in Chrome itself, plus other bugs. For example, a WebKit bug combined with a Windows sandbox bug.
$20,000 – “Consolation reward, Flash / Windows / other”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence that does not use bugs in Chrome. For example, bugs in one or more of Flash, Windows or a driver. These exploits are not specific to Chrome and will be a threat to users of any web browser. Although not specifically Chrome’s issue, we’ve decided to offer consolation prizes because these findings still help us toward our mission of making the entire web safer.
This is not the first time a company has rewarded hackers for finding faults with their products – in the Summer of 2011 Facebook ran a similar programme, and even admitted that it acts as a recruitment process in some cases.