This week, Google has said they’ll pony up a total of $1,000,000 dollars to the people that can crack the fabled “sandbox” security of their web browser/OS, Google Chrome. Offering prize money in the range of $20,000 to $60,000 during the Pwn2Own contest. Pwn2Own focuses on people who can remotely “hack”, and take control of computers that are running up-to-date internet browsers, and other web-based software.
Last year, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and even the vaunted Apple Safari were successfully hacked into, whereas Chrome stands tall above its competition. ”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,” wrote Chris Evans and Justin Schuh, 2 guys that are part of Google Security. “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.”
However, an issue that Google has with the contest, is that the contest rules have been changed, to where the winners do not have to “show their work” (it isn’t long division, TRUST ME). This means contestants are not required to reveal the vulnerabilities in the systems that they crack, which caused Google to withdraw as a sponsor, but is still daring the coding and hacking community to attack their software.
Pwn2Own starts Wednesday, March 7th. Watch your stuff.