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Google offers $1 million reward to hack Chrome

February 29th, 2012 by Lloyd Gofton

Are you a hacker, and do you want to win a $1 million reward? Then Google is offering just the competition for you.

Google is pledgeding cash prizes totalling $1 million to people that successfully hack its Chrome browser at next week’s CanSecWest security conference. Members of the company’s security team have recently announced the Pwnium contest on this blog post.

The Pwnium contest is part of  CanSecWest security conference, and it awards valuable prizes to those who remotely commandeer computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in fully patched browsers and other Internet software. Both Internet Explorer and Safari have been comprised, Chrome has never been attempted due to the difficulty of bypassing Google’s security sandbox.

“While we’re proud of Chrome’s leading track record in past competitions, the fact is that not receiving exploits means that it’s harder to learn and improve. To maximize our chances of receiving exploits this year, we’ve upped the ante. We will directly sponsor up to $1 million worth of rewards in the following categories.” said Chris Evans and Justin Schuh, Google Chrome Security Team

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