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Let's face it, as the world becomes more dependent on computers and the Internet for the functions of day-to-day life, security will become ever more important. Clearly encouraged by employee Neel Mehta's discovery of Heartbleed, Google has decided to do more in the area of Internet security. To help combat this ever increasing problem, they're offering up Project Zero. Essentially, Google will begin hiring "the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet." Their work will not be limited to just Google products, but will instead be focused on "any software depended upon by large numbers of people." The idea is that researchers will find the threats, then inform only the software developer. Once the OEM has a patch ready, a public bug report will be filed in an external database accessible to anyone. The database will include information on the issue as well as time-to-fix data, discussion about exploitability, etc.

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The implications of this are huge considering how much money and resources Google has at its disposal. With a major player such as this throwing its hat in the ring, this really can be nothing but a positive to everyone who uses the Internet and has put sensitive information thereon. These days, that's pretty much all of us.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His phone of choice is a Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition.
  • Bobby Tait

    Well I guess its a step in the right direction. GGG (Good Guy Google)

    • lovehater

      Don;t worry ,,NSA will break and Skip this

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        That doesn't even make sense. So they're going to break into a public database of exploits that have already been patched? A database that anyone can access anyway?

  • Dustin Wen

    Thank you, Captain America.

  • AbbyZFresh

    With the funds assisted by the NSA.

    • AOSPrevails

      you mean codes.

      • WORPspeed

        you mean the patches

  • Puneet

    Here comes something more secure - Google://www.androidpolice.com

  • sivkai

    Good guy Google (as always) and yet the masses will still view Apple > Google.

    • MJ

      This is based on what? Google recently passed Apple has having the most valuable/popular brand. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/21/tech/innovation/google-apple-brand-value/

      Your statement was true maybe a couple of years ago but people see Google working on things like Google glass, driver-less cars, and offering cheaper faster Internet. New things with Apple? Well, they have widgets in iOS now and bigger phones in the pipeline, both done by Android years ago. LOL

      • sivkai

        I wasn't aware of that, I'm actually glad that what you say is true :) But I just feel there's just a general misconception that Apple is more "cool" and "innovative" than Google which is associated with the horrible Samsung (or worse, just seen as a search engine).

  • NF

    Not to be the bear is bad news, but it seems like its taken too long for this plan to develop. Also, Google really should not be the only big company giving out money for this. I love Google, but it seems like they're always spending money for great stuff and makes all other companies seem frivolous.

  • dogulas

    Apple should follow suit and contribute some of their $150+ billion cash on hand toward this sort of thing as well.

  • Guest

    Go for it!

    • Mayoo

      Again, stupid disqus unable to delete a comment without putting it to "Guest" ...

  • Mayoo

    Project Zero, sounds promising!

    • André Felipe Santos

      Maybe that's why Google bought all those robot companies!

      • Justin Foster

        Android M [Megaman] coming (not too) soon :D

  • pdq3

    Heh.

    Didn't Bill Gates do this once? "At Microsoft, security is our number 1 priority".

    That one turned out well- I'm sure this will have just as much success.

    • Andy Williams

      Um actually it did turn out well. Least-prileged access improved, ASLR, UAC, 2-way firewall... much changed after that initiative started.

  • abobobilly

    I wonder if this security is already cracked by the NSA. They friggin' ruin everything for everyone <_<