Meet ‘Project Zero,’ Google’s Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers

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When 17-year-old George Hotz became the world’s first hacker to crack AT&T’s lock on the iPhone in 2007, the companies officially ignored him while scrambling to fix the bugs his work exposed. When he later reverse engineered the Playstation 3, Sony sued him and settled only after he agreed to never hack another Sony product.

When Hotz dismantled the defenses of Google’s Chrome operating system earlier this year, by contrast, the company paid him a $150,000 reward for helping fix the flaws he’d uncovered. Two months later Chris Evans, a Google security engineer, followed up by email with an offer: How would Hotz like to join an elite team of full-time hackers paid to hunt security vulnerabilities in every popular piece of software that touches the internet?

“People deserve to use the internet without fear that vulnerabilities out there can ruin their privacy with a single website visit,” says Evans, a British-born researcher who formerly led Google’s Chrome security team and will now helm Project Zero.

Full article at:  http://www.wired.com/2014/07/google-project-zero/