Google has launched its own Android hacking contest with the first prize winner receiving $200,000

The company has taken this initiative to run its own hacking contest in search of severe Android security vulnerabilities. 

The contest is a way to find and destroy dangerous Android vulnerabilities before hackers exploit them in the wild.

The competition,  'The Project Zero Prize,' is being run by Google’s Project Zero, a team of security researchers dedicated to documenting critical bugs and making the web a safer place for everyone.

Starting Tuesday and ending on March 14, 2017, the contest will only award cash prizes to contestants who can successfully hack any version of Android Nougat on Nexus 5X and 6P devices.

Sponsor: Google Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, is the sponsor of this Contest ("Google").

Eligible participants may enter by completing the tasks as detailed in the entry requirements, and emailing

Contest Cash Prizes
  • First Prize: worth $200,000 USD will be awarded to the first winning entry.
  • Second Prize: worth $100,000 USD will be awarded to the second winning entry.
  • Third Prize: At least $50,000 USD will be awarded to additional winning entries.

However, the catch here is that Google wants you to hack the devices knowing only the devices' phone numbers and email addresses.

For working of their exploits, contestants are allowed to trick a user into open an email in Gmail or an SMS text message in Messenger, but no other user interaction beyond this is allowed.

So, if you want to participate in 'The Project Zero Prize' contest, you are advised to focus on flaws or bug chains that would allow you to perform Remote Code Execution (RCE) on multiple Android devices.

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