Project Zero: Google Prepares to Become the Guardian of Internet Security

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Google is increasing its efforts in Internet security and is looking to hire security researchers for its newly formed Project Zero team.

In a post in Google’s Online Security Blog, Google researcher Chris Evans said that people should be able to use the Web without fear that a criminal or state-sponsored actor is exploiting software bugs to infect a computer, steal secrets, or monitor communications, but sophisticated zero-day day attacks, targeting human rights activists, for example, or for industrial espionage, are threats. Google believes more can be done to tackle the problem.

“Project Zero is our contribution to start the ball rolling,” said Evans. “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.”

Analyst Adrian Sanabria, of 451 Research, lauded Google’s efforts. “What’s most relevant here is that Project Zero isn’t just targeting bugs and vulnerabilities in Google’s own software, they’re targeting anything that could threaten Internet users, many of which are directly or indirectly Google customers,” he said. “There’s nothing better than a self-serving project that also benefits the common good. Win/win.” With its considerable clout, Google has a much better chance of getting bugs fixed in a reasonable timeframe, Sanabria added.

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SOURCE: Paul Krill
InfoWorld

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