If you’re a skilled hacker you may as well become a millionaire. Google is offering up to $1 million for people who manage to find security breaches and other flaws in the company’s popular browser, Chrome. This is not the first time Google is challenging hackers as the company offered $20,000 in a contest last year.
Google will be paying different amounts of money for different types of breaches found in a contest they named Pwnium, which will happen during the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada. The hackers don’t need to even hack Chrome to win some money: If they find security breaches in third-party softwares (Flash, for example) that could affect Chrome users, they get up to $20,000.
If the hackers manages to find flaws specific to Chrome, they will be paid up to $40,000 for each flaw and if they find Chrome-only exploits, they will be paid a sum that can go from $60,000 to $1 million depending on how dangerous it is considered to be.
Google held a similar contest for Chrome in 2009 and 2011, but no hacker managed to get any sum of money and most didn’t even bother to take the challenge as they knew about Chrome’s strong security. Google Chrome is, actually, considered the most secure browser of them all.