Hackers come each year to claim cash and other prizes for providing a successful 'proof of concept' exploit (crack) which demonstrates the ability to gain administrative control (system root) , of a given configured device running one of several browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari.
The contest rules also now include attempts to crack the following browser plug-ins:
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It should be noted that this is the first year that Linux-configured hardware has been included in the competition.
It will be especially interesting to see if anyone steps up to the Chromebook's security-hardened ChromeOS operating system to give it a hack.
Google's winning purse now stands at $3.14 million in potential combined cash and prizes. This is a strong show of confidence in their operating system which they tout as being by far the safest operating system of all entrants.
The contest rules change this year with contestants now being randomly selected, each being given exactly thirty (30) minutes to successfully hack a machine. What is different is that the first successful hack ends the competition.
I am taking bets that there will be successful hacks of both Windows and Apple OSX platforms but none for ChromeOS.