Google claim that its Chrome browser is unhackable and they are demonstrating this by offering $20,000 and a laptop to the first person who cracks into the system.
Approaching the fifth annual Pwn2Own hacking competition next month, this is the biggest prize to have been offered at the challenge, which takes place at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 9.
Contenders will try and hack into Google Chrome, along with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari browsers. The latter three have each offered $15,000 to the first person, $5,000 more than the prize given to last year’s successful hackers.
Aaron Portnoy, of HP TippingPoint, the sponsor of Pwn2Own, said: ‘We’ve upped the ante this time around and the total cash pool allotted for prizes has risen to a whopping $125,000.’
ComputerWorld.com states that in order to win the prize, the successful hacker must find and exploit two vulnerabilities in its code on the first day of the three-day event.
On the final two days, a bug from outside Chrome can be used by hackers to attempt to infiltrate its defences.
Chrome’s share of the worldwide web browser market rose to 14.9% in Devember, while Internet Explorer remained the most popular with a 46.9% market share and Firefox lies at second place with 30.8%.