Google is offering a $20,000 cash reward to hack into its web browser.
The search engine giant is encouraging computer geeks to have a go at cracking the security of its Chrome web browser as part of the Pwn2Own hacking competition.
The fifth annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, hosted by HP’s TippingLab, will take place from March 9-11 in Vancouver, Canada during the CanSecWest conference.
“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 his company’s blog.
Hackers will try to crack through the security of the latest version of Google’s search engine via web browsers and mobile devices.
The total prize money for the competition overall is $125,000 and of that, Google will donate $20,000 to the hacker who manages to compromise Chrome.
The hacker will also get a Google Chrome OS powered Cr-48 notebook.