Starting from Tuesday, September 20 and ending on March 14, 2017, Google is launching its Project Zero Security Contest, which will award cash prizes to contestants who can hack a Nexus 6P and 5X knowing only the devices’ phone number and email address.
Many unique, high-quality security bugs have been discovered as a result of hacking contests and hoping to continue the stream of great bugs, we’ve decided to start our own contest: The Project Zero Prize, says Google’s Resident Exploit Enthusiast, Natalie Silvanovich,
To participate, a user can open an email in Gmail or an SMS text in Messenger. However, no other user interaction beyond that is allowed. Contestants must use the same bug on both Nexus devices; unless it takes advantage of a security feature one handset has that the other does not (in that case, unique bugs can be used).
Participants will submit a full description of how their exploit works with their submission, which will eventually be published on the Project Zero blog. Every vulnerability and exploit technique used in each winning submission will be made public.
The winner will receive $200,000 (N63.1m) while the second will get $100,000(N31.5m). Third prize is worth at least $50,000(15.7m). Winners will also write a technical report describing their entry, which will then be featured on the Project Zero blog.
For more information, check official rules here.