“Bug Bounty”

I found the article with makes hacking acceptable by Google, whom is actually inviting hackers to seek or find vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser. Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) first announced its “Chromium Security Rewards Program” in 2010. This program offers small monetary rewards to researchers (hackers) who found potential security holes in its Chrome Web browser. A teenage male who goes by the handle “Pinkie Pie,” has taken home Google’s money a multiple times. Google fixes the problems within 10 hours with software updates.

  • In February 2012, sponsoring a “Pwnium” contest that sought “fully functional exploits” Pinkie Pie was one of two hackers to score a $60,000 prize at that event
  • Pwnium (2) competition called “Hack in the Box”, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This hack relied entirely on bugs within Chrome itself. Pinkie Pie again took home $60,000 for his fresh exploit.

Pinkie Pie never received a reply, but a Google rep told Wired at the time that they’d be taking a second look at his resume. At this rate, though, continuing to hack his potential employer might be a better gig than a full-time job.                        


First Published: October 10, 2012: 6:28 PM ET