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July 16, 2014

Project Zero Google’s New Hacker-Fighting Team

Aims to Reduce Internet Threats For Users

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If anything, Google comes up with some pretty cool names for its stuff.

computer security protected meter shows laptop internet safetyGoogle X is the ‘top secret’ arm of the company that works on projects like the blood-sugar monitoring contact lenses that have just recently been announced and, now, the Internet giant has rolled out Project Zero, a team dedicated to security.

“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 percent of their time toward improving security across the Internet,” said Chris Evans, Google’s ‘researcher herder,’ in a blog entry.

Evans explained Project Zero was created recognizing users want to be able to browse the Web without fear of being hacked or having personal data compromised. Users, Evans wrote, should not be concerned about “a criminal or state-sponsored actor… exploiting software bugs to infect” computers and monitor communications.

The project is not being restricted by boundaries and will focus on enhancing the security of any software large numbers of people use, said Evans.

“We’ll use standard approaches such as locating and reporting large numbers of vulnerabilities. In addition, we’ll be conducting new research into mitigations, exploitation, program analysis—and anything else that our researchers decide is a worthwhile investment,” he wrote.

Google has been taking Internet security serious for many years.

As Tech Times reminded readers, since 2010, the company has had a bounty program in place where it encourages Web surfers to turn in hackers. Those who do turn someone in, with success, could receive anywhere from $100 to $20,000.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.