Hack Google's Native Client and get $8,192

Google is challenging hackers to rip apart their ActiveX alternative called Google Native Client. Native Client allows users to run native x86 code on the web -- something that has been deemed as extremely dangerous, especially from untrusted sources.

Google is challenging hackers to rip apart their ActiveX alternative called Google Native Client. Native Client allows users to run native x86 code on the web -- something that has been deemed as extremely dangerous, especially from untrusted sources.

Google says this challenge is to make Native Client more secure, but I think this may also be a great way to gain some trust points for technologies like this. Winners of the challenge are awarded cash prizes -- the grand prize is $8,192USD.

There are five cash prizes: The first prize is $8,192, the second prize $4,096, the third prize is $2,048, the fourth prize is $1,024 and the fifth prize is $1,024. All amounts are in USD.

If they can get through this challenge without any serious problems being reported, that's a huge win for Google, and some pretty impressive marketing material. That type of marketing ammo can be used to possibly help future pushes to get this type of technology pre-installed in browsers.