Google announces Pwnium 4, giving $2.7 million to Chrome OS hackers


Chrome OS is one of the most secure operating systems out there, but no platform is perfect! This is why Google holds yearly hack competitions in which developers try to hack their way around a Chromebook. It’s a great way for Google to find bugs, exploits and other threats. This year, Pwnium 4 is set for another awesome event, giving out over $2.7 million in prizes!

Participant can get two types of prizes, which will earn them quite a significant amount of money! Here are the two categories:

Hacker winning details

  • $110,000 USD: browser or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page.
  • $150,000 USD: compromise with device persistence: guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.

Now that’s one large sum of cash for whoever has the skills to crack Google’s security!


Pwnium 4 registration and details

If you think you have what it takes to walk back home with Google’s money, you will have to go to the Vancouver CanSecWest security conference. This will take place this coming March.

You will also have to register with Google to ensure you get a timeslot to showcase your exploit. This can be done before March 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM PST. Simply send an email to and you can go from there!

Here are all the rules if you wish to read them. Do remember Chromium did do very well last year, though! This might be harder than it seems. Who is signing up?!