Google Puts Bounty on Security Flaws
Google is offering cash rewards to people who discover security bugs on its Web properties such as YouTube and Blogger.
Finding a flaw in a Google service and reporting it to the company could net a researcher between $500 and $3,133.70, depending on the severity and nature of the bug, according to a Nov. 1 post on Google's Online Security Blog. An option is also set up for people to donate their rewards to charity.
The types of flaws Google is targeting include cross-site scripting bugs and authentication bypass vulnerabilities that allow a hacker access to another user's sensitive information without entering a password.
As well as enabling us to thank regular contributors in a new way, we hope our new program will attract new researchers and the types of reports that help make our users safer , the blog post reads.
The new bounty program follows Google's January launch of the Chromium open source project, which offers monetary rewards to people who find bugs in the open-source codebase behind Google's Chrome Web browser.
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