Think you can hack a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P? Google will offer you up to US$200,000 (about RM826,370) for that. The internet giant recently announced its Project Zero Prize, its latest bug bounty program that offers a total of US$350,000 (about RM1,446,147) in prizes.
“The goal of this contest is to find a vulnerability or bug chain that achieves remote code execution on multiple Android devices knowing only the devices’ phone number and email address.”
The prizes are as follows:
- First Prize – $200,000, USD awarded to the first winning entry
- Second Prize – $100,000 USD, awarded to the second winning entry
- Third Prize – $50,000 USD awarded by Android Security Rewards, awarded to additional winning entries
Terms and conditions apply of course, participants are required to write a short technical report on their entry, which will be published on the Project Zero Blog. Participants are required to report the bug in the Android issue tracker first before submitting their entry. The contest will run for six months. Only the first person to file a bug can use it as a part of their submission, which is why Google is urging users to file a bug as early and as often as you can.
With this contest, Google hope that they can gain information about how bugs and exploits work so they can improve their security to better protect their users. They believe that contests will lead to types of bugs that are less commonly reported getting fixed, so they hope that it will lead to at least a few bugs being fixed in Android.
Check out Google to find out more about The Project Zero Prize for more information.