Hack chrome, get payed.

Hack chrome, get payed.

Seriously, Google asked you to.

Back in February Google launched a competition called Pwnium. The contest was pretty simple, Hack Chrome and find security exploits- win money. The amount of prize money depended on what the system was cracked. It took just two weeks for one Sergey Glazunov to claim a $60,000 prize.

 

It's said that Sergey used a Chrome exploit that more or less bypassed the browser's sandboxing security, making it possible for a hacker to do whatever they wanted to on an infected machine.

It's not uncommon anymore for companies to look outside to the every day user to test their products, and security. Most experts can only help protect against the known, where as the hackers tend to blaze new trails in how they go about things.

What is the perk? You gain amazing insight of what people are capable of and can see more potential problems than any inhouse staff would. This goes true for many things in the world of applications and programs. Many games have in house tester, yet turn to beta testing with consumers in order to find problems or game breaking bugs that staff alone often cant even phantom checking, like jumping around surrounding areas, not exactly intended as a path by any means. Doing so may open an exploit into how mechanics work, it could cause a player to get stuck or any other host of problems. It's those on the outside who seem to find the flaws so easily overlooked.