Project Zero is an initiative by Google to make the Internet secure for users in general. The colossal technology company intends to find out bugs in as many software as the bug-hunting team of the company can. The software can be obviously expected to be prioritised according to their utility and the value they offer to users. Chris Evans, the security engineer at Google, is hiring the talented nerds and geeks to form the dream team of hackers who will be licensed to lay their hands at any software they can or want.
This is a unique and first of its kind attempt towards securer service and the idea of Google seems quite clear if seen with the backdrop of George Hotz incident. In 2007, the then teenager cracked the AT&T security on iPhones. Later, he reverse engineered PlayStation 3, for which Sony sued him and settled with his promise not to hack any Sony product in future. However, Google paid the genius $150,000 after he dismantled security system of Chrome OS. He has been included in the bug-hunting team as an intern.
Whenever the team of hackers will find vulnerability in a software, it will report it to the developer and allow 60 – 90 days to fix it. If the developer fails to correct the issue, the flaw will be publicly shared via official blog. In case of vulnerabilities that may be already under exploitation, the team will allow only a week to the developer.