Google is recruiting a team of bug-hunting research experts to track down lucrative and highly dangerous ‘zero day vulnerabilities’ in some of the web’s most popoular consumer tools.

Google is recruiting a team of experienced hackers who will be charged with hunting down serious weaknesses in internet security in the hope they can prevent the most advanced cyber attacks.

The Project Zero team, announced by Google’s “researcher herder” and security chief Chris Evans, will look to protect users of some of the web’s most commonly used tools, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and other connected software.

“You should be able to use the web without fear that a criminal or state-sponsored actor is exploiting software bugs to infect your computer, steal secrets or monitor your communications,” Evans said in a blog post.

Project Zero will spend much of its time finding “zero-day vulnerabilities” – tech speak for software weaknesses that are unknown to the wider world and are often used to hack people’s computers or smartphones so they can be spied upon.

Project Zero’s bug hunters will hope to address this by uncovering zero-days before those with malicious intent and immediately setting to work on fixes. Details will be published in an open database for transparency, meaning the wider world will know when a vendor is being responsible or not. The team will also work with other vendors to update and secure software.

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