Google yesterday announced Project zero in an initiative to make internet a safer place to surf where they will work in a direction to hunt down the vulnerabilities and prevent the most advanced cyber attacks. The team will work on the softwares used by large number of people and not just only Google products. The team will be testing them and reporting the bugs to their developers.
The most amazing part is that after reporting the vendor they will give him 60-90 days to replicate and fix the bug, in case the bug is major and being exploited, they can reduce the window to as low as 7 days.
What motivated Google to work on it?
This project was started by some Googler’s after they had spent their some time on research to find bugs in the internet which led to the discovery of Heartbleed. Google has selected some of the brightest minds in the company to work on this project. These include: Ben Hawkes, he managed to find some major bugs in softwares like Adobe Flash and Microsoft Office Apps in the last year, then they have Tavis Ormandy, who exposed flaws in Sophos software, George Hotz, who managed to hack Google Chrome OS to win the Pwnium hacking competition organised by Google every year will be an intern in the project. Apart from these Google will hire 10 full time employees who will be working at the head office in Mountain View, California under this project.
This might confuse you as to why Google would work on the third party softwares, well, Google Chrome depending on many third party softwares like Adobe’s Flash and some elements underlying OS, creating internet a safe place where people won’t hesitate to click ads could result in increase in its revenue might be some of the reason.
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