Security engineer Jorge Lucángeli Obes surprised Pwnium fans by announcing that this year they won’t be picky about hardware restrictions – Past Pwnium competitions have focused on Intel-based Chrome OS devices, but this year researchers can choose between an ARM-based Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 11 (WiFi), or the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB WiFi) that is based on the Intel Haswell microarchitecture,”
For those who manage to carry out a successful webpage based attack on a Chromebook that installs persistent malware against a guest or logged in users, will receive a $150,000 prize. To win $110,000, an attacker must compromise the browser or the entire system from a guest user account on Chrome OS, with “significant bonuses” for other interesting attacks, up to a limit of $2.71828m
For those with a keen eye, you’ll notice that $2.71828m isn’t a random number but in fact the value of the natural logarithm to the base e (with some rounding up of course).
Perhaps it’s time to brush up on your ethical hacking skills if you want to be in for a chance to win.