Google has launched its Android hacking contest with the prize that will pay up to $200,000 for an Android “bug chain,” one or more successful exploits of previously unknown vulnerabilities.
The contest is a way to find and fix dangerous Android vulnerabilities before hackers exploit them.
Dubbed “Project Zero Prize,” it differed from hacking contests that take place over one or two days: Researchers can submit entries from now until March 14, 2017.
The contest will only award cash prizes to participants who can successfully hack any version of Android on Nexus 5X and 6P devices.Google want you to hack Android devices knowing only the devices’ phone number and email address.
Contestants are allowed to trick a user into open an email in Gmail or an SMS text message in Messenger, but no other user interaction beyond this is allowed.Successful submissions will be eligible for the following prizes.
First Prize: worth $200,000 USD will be awarded to the first winning entry.
Second Prize: worth $100,000 USD will be awarded to the second winning entry.
Third Prize: At least $50,000 USD will be awarded to additional winning entries
In addition, participants who submit a winning entry will be invited to write a short technical report on their entry, which will be posted on the Project Zero Blog.