When it comes to security, Google is not taking it lightly. It has announced that it will pay a total of nearly $3 million rewards to hackers who could successfully find exploits in its Chrome OS operating system.
Google is going to hold a contest named “Pwnium” in March this year where it will invite hackers to showcase their skills by trying to hack into either Acer C720 Chromebook or HP Chromebook 11.
The top two prizes are for $150,000 and $110,000 respectively. The total prize money is $2.71828 million which is a reference to constant e, which is an important one in computer algorithms.
In order to claim the top $150,000 prize, hackers will have to compromise Chrome OS from the web and still be in control of the machine after its reboot. For the $110,00o prize, hackers need to just compromise the machine from a web page. There will also be bonus prizes for any other clever hacking.
Pwnium will be held at the CanSecWest security conference in Vacouver Canada and hackers can register for the even by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10 5 p.m. PST.