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Google Announces 2014 Pwnium Hacking Contest

Jan 31, 2014 By Sharon Solomon

Hack Chrome OS and get paid for it. The upcoming annual Google Pwnium event is offering you this golden opportunity. Over $2.7 million will be distributed as prize money in the fourth edition of prestigious hacking competition, to be held on March 12 at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada. 

Participants who execute browser or system-level hacks in guest mode or as logged-in users will receive an $110,000 prize. Google is promising a bounty of $150,000 for hackers who can maintain control even after rebooting the machines or perform “impressive exploits” such as the exploiting the kernel directly from a renderer process.

Previous Pwnium contests focused on Intel-based Chrome OS devices, but the current edition is going to be more diverse. Contestants can still work with the traditional Intel-based machines, but can also opt for ARM-powered laptops such as the HP Chromebook 11 or the Acer C720 Chromebook (based on Intel’s Haswell microarchitecture).

Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. PST Monday, March 10th, 2014 – Google Pwnium 4 

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