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Google recently announced that it would host a contest called "Pwnium" which will compensate computer hackers to can successfully "find and exploit its computer software Chrome OS_, "according to an article published on the Zolmax News website. The article states that the California-based company is planning on paying "_up to a total of $3 million_" out to "_hackers putting their skills together attempting to hack into the ACER Chromebook C720 or Chromebook 11 from Hewlett Packard."
Google plans on holding the contest in March in Vancouver, Canada, at the CanSecWest security conference, which, according to the report, will see individual payouts of "_$150,000 and $110,000 prizes_" during the event. The article indicated that according to Google, the contestants "_must compromise the computer in such a way through an Internet page that the computer is under their control even following a reboot_" to be awarded $150,000. According to the report, to win $110,000, the successful hacker must "_compromise a Chrome OS through an Internet page_, "according to the report.
According to the report, Google's total payout of $2.71828 million refers to the "mathematical constant_" which is very important to someone who is in the business of "_writing algorithms." The company hopes that the ultimate result of this contest – as those they have held in the past – is to "_find the holes in their security and present them upfront to the company, instead of disturbing users and the Internet giant through hacks at any random time_, "according to the article.
Read more about the upcoming Google "_hacker competition_" in the full article at the Zolmax News website and feel how the recent problem with the hacking has left other companies and retailers looking for answers to combat this issue.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 27, 2014