Google is saying, “Come at me, bro!” Those out there up for the challenge of hacking Google’s Chrome OS could find themselves coming into some extra cash. Challenge accepted, anyone? There are a few parameters, however. You’ll have to attend the CanSecWest Security Conference in Vancouver this March to enter Google’s Pwnium 4 Competition. This isn’t the first time Google has held the Pwnium contest as a way of finding security bugs in the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.
And like last year, Google is offering the big bucks to those successful hackers. The company is offering $110,000 for each “browser or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page,” and $150,000 to anyone who can “compromise with device persistence: guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.”
And there are bonuses available for “particularly impressive or surprising” hacks. Not sure what that means, but it’s on you to get creative. The prize is for winners who perform the hacks on the ARM-based HP Chromebook 11 or the Acer C720. If you want to participate, registration closes at 5PM Pacific Time on March 10th.
So, challenge accepted?