Google doubles prize for hacking Chromebook

Hack Chromebook and get $100,000 instead of $50,000

Google has updated its bug bounty program and doubled a reward for a particular type of Chromebook exploit. According to the new terms of Google’s bug bounty program, it has doubled the reward on offer to anyone who can compromise the security of a Chromebook in guest mode from US$50,000 to US$100,000.

The IT giant introduced the reward last year and is yet to have any successful submissions, according to Google’s Nathan Parker and Tim Willis.

“That said, great research deserves great awards, so we’re putting up a standing six-figure sum, available all year round with no quotas and no maximum reward pool,” said the pair in a blog post on Monday US time.

The company is also extending the reward program to include anyone that can bypass Chrome’s safe browsing download protection features.

Google typically offers between US$500 and US$15,000 for reported bugs depending on the quality of reporting. Earlier in January, Google said that it paid well over $2 million (€1.8 million) as bug bounty rewards for security experts around the globe. Ever since the program started in 2010, Google said it paid researchers more than $6 million (€5.4 million).

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