February 29th, 2012 by Andy Merchant
Are you a hacker, and do you want to win aÂ $1 million reward? Then Google is offering just the competition for you.
Google is pledgeding cash prizesÂ totallingÂ $1 million to people that successfully hack its Chrome browser at next week’s CanSecWest security conference. MembersÂ of the company’s security team have recently announced the Pwnium contest on this blog post.
TheÂ Pwnium contest is part ofÂ Â CanSecWest security conference, and itÂ 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 beenÂ comprised, Chrome has never beenÂ attemptedÂ due to the difficulty of bypassing Google’s security sandbox.
“While weâ€™re proud of Chromeâ€™s leading track record in past competitions, the fact is that not receiving exploits means that itâ€™s harder to learn and improve. To maximize our chances of receiving exploits this year, weâ€™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