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Facebook Announces 2018 Internet Defense Prize Winners

Facebook this week announced the winners of its 2018 Internet Defense Prize. Three teams earned a total of $200,000 this year for innovative defensive security and privacy research.

In the past years, Facebook awarded only one team a prize of $100,000 as part of the initiative. In 2016, the winning team presented research focusing on post-quantum security for TLS, and last year’s winners demonstrated a novel technique of detecting credential spear-phishing attacks in enterprise environments.

Facebook says this year’s submissions were of very high quality so the social media giant has decided to reward three teams instead of just one.

The first prize, $100,000 as in the previous years, was won by a team from imec-DistriNet at Belgian university KU Leuven. Their paper, titled “Who Left Open the Cookie Jar? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Third-Party Cookie Policies,” describes methods that browsers can employ to prevent cross-site attacks and third-party tracking via cookies.


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