Google pays money for hackers to find flaws in their own browser. Neat.
Google is like that insecure girlfriend who never really feels sure about herself and has to keep asking you for validation and feedback. But an insecure girlfriend doesn’t pay people if they successfully find flaws in her. Google, however, does. And in their Pwnium competition at the CanSecWest Vancouver, they asked hackers to come in and try to hack their secure browser Chrome to claim prizes worth $1 million. And they received.
Sergey Glazunov, a Russian university student, was the first one to do so and hacked the browser to earn a $60,000 prize. ZDNet says that Glazunov compromised the browser’s “sandbox” restriction to take control of the computer. In a Pwn2Own contest held by Hewlett Packard’s Zero Day Initiative, folks from the security firm VUPEN hacked the browser in the first five minutes. So that was kind of embarassing for Google. But hey, the entire purpose of this shingle was for for Google to have the best hacking minds crack their code and find the flaws in them which they can learn and fix instantly. And that seems to be working for them, especially when a big prize like that is up for grabs.\
Track more of the results of this here.