Google is enlisting the help of white hat hackers in order help make the Internet more secure and prevent another Heartbleed incident. Currently dubbed Project Zero, Google is hoping to help stop bugs, fix exploits, and prevent holes from letting people, including the National Security Agency, from getting into your computer and stealing your personal information.
It’s a case of fighting fire with fire as Google hopes its team of hackers will prevent more people from becoming victims of targeted attacks which stem from “zero-day” vulnerabilities, exploits and security holes that are known to have no available fixes, what so ever. Now, Google have announced Project Zero because they’re actually looking for security researchers to join the team!
“We’re hiring,” reads the Project Zero blog post. “We believe that most security researchers do what they do because they love what they do. What we offer that we think is new is a place to do what you love—but in the open and without distraction. We’ll also be looking at ways to involve the wider community, such as extensions of our popular reward initiatives and guest blog posts. As we find things that are particularly interesting, we’ll discuss them on our blog, which we hope you’ll follow.”
Google are on our side according to the announcement. They want the Internet to be a safe place for us to browse at our leisure without fear of our information becoming available to unsavoury people. “You should be able to use the web without fear that a criminal or state-sponsored actor is exploiting software bugs to infect your computer, steal secrets or monitor your communications,” wrote Chris Evans, Researcher Herder at Project Zero. The team hopes to do this. “We think more can be done to tackle this problem,” Evans continued.
“Project Zero is our contribution, to start the ball rolling. Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.”
Though it’s unlikely we’ll be informed on what exactly Google’s Project Zero has achieved, y’know, for security, you can be safe in the knowledge that at least someone is looking out for our personal information and hoping that the Internet can become a safer place for everyone.