Google hacking contest offers $27mln to winner

Google hacking contest offers $27mln to winner
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Google Hacking Contest Offers $27mln To Winner

New Delhi: Google will offer $2.7 million to researchers who can hack its browser-based operating system Chrome OS as part of its Pwnium hacking contest to be held in March this year.
“Security is a core tenet of Chromium, which is why we hold regular competitions to learn from security researchers. Contests like Pwnium help us make Chromium even more secure,” Google said.
This year, Pwnium 4, will be hosted in March at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Google Hacking Contest Offers $27mln To Winner
“With a total of $2.71828 million in the pot, we’ll issue Pwnium rewards for eligible Chrome OS exploits at $110,000 for browser or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page,” it said.
Google will also pay $150,000 for providing an exploit to be able to persistently compromise an HP or Acer Chromebook.
The earlier editions of Pwnium competitions focussed on Intel-based Chrome OS devices, but this year Google will allow researchers to also choose from ARM-based Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 11 (Wi-Fi) and the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB Wi-Fi) based on Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture.
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