Google Project Zero announces $200K for first prize in Android hacking contest

Google Project Zero has announced a hacking contest to find critical security flaws in its smartphones and tablets operating system Android.

The search engine giant offers $200,000 as first prize for hackers who can successfully find vulnerabilities especially in the Google Nexus 6P and Google Nexus 5X smartphone models.

For this, the contestant will have to find technical issues in Nexus models and hack them. Google named this challenge as “Project Zero Prize”. The participants should hack these phones by just using the email id and phone number.

Google Project Zero Exploit Enthusiast Natalie Silvanovich in an official blog post said: 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. Successful submissions will be eligible for the following prizes.”

Google Nexus 6P Android Smartphone

Google Nexus 6P Android Smartphone

There are also second prize winners and third prize winners in this Google Project Zero hacking contest who will receive $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.

Along with this competition, Google had launched the ‘Android Security Rewards Program’ in June last year. The search engine company had paid out $550,000 to security researchers who managed to detect security flaws in the Android operating systems.

Google is taking up this program to ensure safety as even one small technical issue may spoil the brand name from what we have seen to have happened with Samsung because of its faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

It is perhaps in this line that Google is spending a huge amount of money to find faults with their devices. Other companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Microsoft are also organizing similar challenging programs in the name of “big bounty”.

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