Google offers Chrome hackers $1m

2012-02-29 08:17

San Francisco - Google is offering hackers $1m in prize money to find and exploit new security flaws in its Chrome web browser, the company said.

Under the terms of the offer, the web software giant will pay $60 000 for any "full Chrome exploit" that allows malicious hackers to take over a users' computer via a bug solely in the company's web browser.

The hackers must make available the full details of the exploit to Google in order to qualify for the prize, and must not have released details of the exploit to anyone else, the Google Chrome security team announced in a late on Monday blog posting.

In addition, Google will pay $40 000 to anyone whose new exploit relies on a bug in Chrome in conjunction with a flaw in Windows 7, and will offer $20 000 to those who uncover a previously unknown bug in Windows 7.

It will pay these sums for every new exploit it receives until the $1m limit is reached.

"The aim of our sponsorship is simple: We have a big learning opportunity when we receive full end-to-end exploits," said Google's Chrome security.

"Not only can we fix the bugs, but by studying the vulnerability and exploit techniques we can enhance our mitigations, automated testing, and sandboxing. This enables us to better protect our users."

  • Felix - 2012-02-29 08:55

    Great idea! now I better go Google how to hack :)

      chanchan - 2012-02-29 12:25

      mmmmm this may cause big problems with chrome .... google has given hacker permision to hack peoples account and now with the price being offered its going to increase the amount of people trying to randomly hack chrome .... this could have been a big mistake by google but GAME ON !!!!!

      Vermie - 2012-02-29 12:56

      @Chanchan Perhaps but then also read the full article. Each hack has certain rules to it. Nothing random about them.

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-02-29 13:48

      The hackers are to use bugs in the browser and Windows 7 or a combination of the 2, to gain access to someone's computer. Absolutely nothing to do with your Google Account.

      Lorato - 2012-02-29 13:48

      Felix, you've made my day. Please once you've googled how to hack share with me or even better I'll start googling from my side. We need to crack it before everyone does. I'm not sleeping until I crack it!!!

      tiaan.fourie - 2012-02-29 13:53

      OMW chanchan, and according to your profile you are in the IT industry! You should know better! Chrome browser runs on user level, I.E. exploiting a bug in it will give you access to that user's computer. If you would want to hack a Google Account you would need to hack one of Google's own servers, which are some of the most secure in the world.

  • Shaun.groenewald - 2012-02-29 10:13

    Which button do I press to hack?

  • blacksiza - 2012-02-29 11:31

    Well done Google. dats how u fight the Heckers. may the best hecker wins.

      Warmonger - 2012-02-29 12:07

      WTF is a "hecker"..??

  • Darren - 2012-02-29 12:29

    how the heckers am I going to do this …mmmmmh?

      Rouan - 2012-02-29 13:16

      oh hack!

  • Julie - 2012-02-29 13:24

    Frankly, I think GOOGLE chrome is for the birds - I tried it out for a day or two and promptly went back to my old, original standard version which is more user-friendly than any of the new versions - upgraded or chrome. A case of DON'T FIX IT IF IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!

      clayton.bezuidenhout - 2012-02-29 13:39

      What browser are you using then?

  • mikemonji - 2012-02-29 14:35

    Microsoft should offer about a billion for IE6.

  • mparigiani1 - 2012-03-01 02:16

    better get off chrome and google in the end. It has been a big mistake and will cause many problems in the end you will find yourselves with your pants down. EU is investing this procedure of yours as it does not comply with European Garantor's Guidelines with respect to privacy.

  • esson.paz - 2012-03-02 07:49

    and after you have them FBI will sue you~

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