Google to offer up $3.14159 million if you can crack Chrome OS

Google quite frequently offers up cash to those who can find security holes in its software, and if you are headed to Pwnium this year, you can walk away with a serious amount of cash.

Google is offering up $3.14159 million to anyone able to hack the Chrome OS. Now, they will not be giving this amount to one individual but will be offering up a piece of that Pi to anyone who can find and exploit a flaw in Chrome OS via a web page.

Google will be giving out $110,000 for each temporary compromise or $150,000 for each compromise that is able to survive a reboot of the machine. One stipulation is that the flaw must be executed on a Samsung 550 Chromebook that is using a WiFi connection

For Google, while this may sound expensive, it's actually a cheap way to have someone else do your security work and find holes before they are uncovered in the wild and executed. While this is not a lazy approach as Google has a security team working on the OS, no single entity is perfect. By crowdsourcing its security efforts alongside its internal procedures, it helps to make the OS more secure which is a benefit to the end user.

The Pwnium contest will take place in Vancouver in March

Source: Yahoo

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