Google Offering $20,000 To Hack Chrome

Search giant Google is offering a $20,000 cash reward for any hacker who manages to compromise its Chrome web browser as part of the Pwn2Own hacking competition.

In a blog post, HP's TippingLab announced that the fifth annual Pwn2Own hacking competition will take place from the 9th to 11th March in Vancouver during the CanSecWest conference.

The Pwn2Own competition will involve hackers trying to compromise the security on prevalent web browsers and mobile devices.

TippingPoint said that this year round, the total prize money for the competition is a whopping $125,000, out of which, Google is donating $20,000 to the hacker who manages to compromise Chrome. The hacker will also get a Google Chrome OS powered Cr-48 notebook.

“Kudos to the Google security team for taking the initiative to approach us on this; we're always in favour of rewarding security researchers for the work they too-often do for free,” TippingPoint's Aron Portnoy wrote on the blog.