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A team of French hackers has managed to beat Google Chrome's security as part of an annual competition.

According to a report by the Daily Telegraph, the group from Montpellier-based computer security firm Vupen took less than five minutes to take control of a Windows computer.

Speaking to ZDNet, the company's head of research Chaouki Bekrar said the main aim was to show that Google's web browser was not impregnable and could be hacked.

He said: "Last year, we saw a lot of headlines that no one could hack Chrome. We wanted to make sure it was the first to fall this year.

However, he added: "It's not an easy task to create a full exploit to bypass all the protections in the sandbox. I can say that Chrome is one of the most secure browsers available."

A team at Vupen is said to have worked for six weeks to find vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser that would allow them access.

The Pwn2Own hacking contest is taking place in Vancouver and is due to close tomorrow.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

It previously stated that Google Chrome was the only browser left standing at the end of last year's Pwn2Own competition. However, Mozilla's Firefox browser was also not compromised during the event.

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