Google has been rewarding researches who find and report vulnerabilities in their security systems since 2010. In fact, thanks to the Google’s Security Reward Program, Google has awarded a total of $2,000,000 to researchers who’ve pointed out software or hardware flaws in Google so far.
It was later last year that Google had offered $50,000 to the first person who can remotely hack the Chromebook’s security system, but Google hasn’t had a successful submission so far. So being the billion dollar company it is, Google decided to up the ante to $100,000 on March 14th 2016. The only catch to the competition is that the hack must be done through a web page, and that too whilst the Chromebook is in guest mode. When in guest mode, Chromebook has it highest defence systems running, as guests can download files, but can’t install applications, even if they are verified apps from the Google Store itself.
Hackers beware, this will be no easy challenge, as Google has set up several measures to make Chromebooks more secure. Chromebooks run verification scans on startup, and if it detects that the operating system has been tampered with, it will automatically roll back the OS. It also automatically downloads software updates, and even runs its applications in sandboxes.
Google writes that “great research deserves great awards, so we’re putting up a standing six-figure sum, available all year round with no quotas and no maximum reward pool.”
If your one of the small fish in the big pool, then you can try your luck at some of the prizes for finding and reporting smaller bugs. The prize money starts at $500, and if you can provide a solution to the security breach you report, you could win $1337. The hackers out there will know exactly why the amount is $1337, but for those of you who don’t, the numbers are very similar to the word “leet,” which is slang for “elite hacker,” in the world of hacking.
If interested, then check out the competition here. Till then, putting it in Google’s words, “Happy Hacking!”
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