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[BBC] Google takes on top hacker George Hotz for Project Zero

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Google has assembled a team to spot critical bugs and vulnerabilities - and taken on one of the world's most notorious hackers as an intern. George Hotz, 24, is best known for hacking Sony's PlayStation 3 and Apple's iPhone, actions that have seen him subject to legal action. Mr Hotz is part of Google's Project Zero, a new effort to identify problems within any software, not just Google's...

The "well-staffed" team will focus on finding so-called zero-day vulnerabilities. This is the term given to problems with software that had not previously been identified, meaning hackers have the chance to exploit a bug fully before it is patched - fixed - by developers...

Google also felt the sharp end of Mr Hotz's hacking ability - he was able to hack the firm's Chrome operating system. In contrast to the Sony lawsuit, Mr Hotz was awarded a $150,000 (£88,000) prize as part of a competition arranged by manufacturer HP. "I think what we've seen in the past 18-24 months is a change in attitude from a lot of companies on how to handle vulnerabilities in their applications," said security expert Brian Honan, who noted that Mr Hotz had also worked for Facebook

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28327117
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It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. I'm just happy to see a company taking in hackers to fix the software, rather than putting them in jail with obsurd penalties.
     
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Happy to hear that a company understands, that hackers like Hotz can be incredibly useful for them and us.
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And they trust that selfish scrub?
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Not the first time Google has done this so its odd to see this news given such focus. Generally risk (such as the extreme risk in hiring hackers who are only loyal towards their own) should only be taken when one can afford it, and in the case of Google, money is endless.
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I liked his rap vs sony. cant link nws language.
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If you cant beat them, join them!
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I am sure it has already been done but I don't see why big companies don't offer rewards for hackers who find security holes in their software.

Put it this way: there is always the chance that some hacker will discover a hole in the security but currently there is no incentive for the hacker to let the company know. With a cash reward there is a possibility that the hacker will let the company know before any real damage can come of it.
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Not the first time Google has done this so its odd to see this news given such focus. Generally risk (such as the extreme risk in hiring hackers who are only loyal towards their own) should only be taken when one can afford it, and in the case of Google, money is endless.

this is google, they could sue him for the same amount Qatar wants to spend on the world cup if he steps out of line. I'm sure his work is filled with a lot of signed documents. I just hope google isn't stupid enough to give him too much.

Edit: did a little searching around, he's worked for google before, and facebook for awhile, software engineer. This guy sounds pretty nice to work with. Hope to see what he improves next.
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It is good to know companies realise positive reinforcement as a means to an end. We just don't have enough of these Neo's to learn from them with the "Uncertainty Principle".
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