No website is invulnerable to cyber attacks. Google has unveiled Project Zero, a team of security researchers, to help find and eliminate any bugs in across Google’s website and the rest of the Internet too. The name is taken from zero day-exploits, when a programmer writes a virus or other malware before a vendor is made aware of the security hole in their products. Google’s stated goal is to find as many of this vulnerabilities as possible, as soon as possible.
Google’s announcement on its official security blog says that the goal of the new group within Google is to prevent hacking and other cyber attacks through its newest team. “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 percent of their time toward improving security across the Internet,” said Google in the statement.
Online security is an important part of doing business for any online company, but Google’s latest move is like putting together a high profile group of security experts and hackers to help scour the Internet for security bugs in the form of bugs, hack attempts and security vulnerabilities like the Heartbleed Bug, which revealed a major security flaw that affected many popular websites and went undiscovered for almost two years. Google was one of the companies who helped fund the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a project dedicated to finding these bugs in open-source software. Now Google is launching its own online security team.
The fact that Google is announcing this new initiative in a post-Heartbleed online environment shows that security is something Google is no longer taking for granted or at least that’s the message the technology firm wants to get out. The company wants to show the public that Google is taking online security seriously.
In fact, Google is made this public announcement about Project Zero in order to boost its recruiting efforts for the new division. Some media reports indicate that the technology firm already has recruited some well-known security researchers to the team. Wired reports that New Zealand native Ben Hawkes, who discovered bugs in Adobe and Microsoft Office apps, prolific English researcher bug finer Tavis Ormandy, and George Hotz, whose hacking credits include Google Chrome, PlayStation 3, and the iPhone have already joined the team.
It’s too early to tell if Google’s new team will actually succeed in its mission to make the Internet safer, but the news of it may be a step in that direction.
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