January 29, 2013 - Raghav Thakur
Google will pay $3.14159M to hackers to hack into their own Chrome OS
Google announced its third Pwnium competition, “Pwnium 3” that will be held on March 7. It’s a security contest where they are allowing anyone to try to hack into the new Chrome OS built by the Google.
The award offered by the company (in total is) $3.14159 Million, well the number is geeky and second there are two ways to earn the reward:
- $110,000: browser or system level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page.
- $150,000: compromise with device persistence — guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.
Also Google is willing to pay partial rewards for your efforts (ofcourse if you are partially into it), well there is one small catch in it, to claim the money one should only use the Samsung’s Series 5 550 Chromebook (which obviously is running the stable release of Chrome OS).
Now what I think that if you want to hack into the system, you will have to buy a Samsung Chromebook. Or you can actually limit yourself by using a virtual machine of Chrome OS.
Well everyone like me must be seeing it in two different ways
- Either Google is trying to see faults(if any) left with the OS
- Or they are so sure that no one can actually hack into it
Well whatever the reason is, the OS is sure to get more better with it.