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Google offers $2.7m bounty to hackers who expose dangerous security flaws


By John Glenday, Reporter

January 29, 2014 | 1 min read

Google is seeking to bring hackers in from the cold by offering to stump up a $2.7m bounty to individuals who uncover dangerous security flaws in its software.

The deal, dubbed Pwnium 4, is focussed on the source code for Google’s Chrome browser and will be offered to anyone who can mount a successful attack on browsers accessing a compromised website.

Google will dish out up to $150k to anyone demonstrating such a vulnerability with larger prizes up for grabs should anyone discovering a ‘particularly surprising exploit’.

The fund will be made available on a first come first served basis to attackers who can remotely compromise the browser in a ‘reliable’ fashion and will run until the prize pool is exhausted.

Aspiring entrants from the likes of Iran, Syria and North Korea are out of luck however as they have been blacklisted by the search giant.

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