Tech big Google paid out virtually $3 million (roughly Rs. 19 crores) to safety researchers in 2017 as rewards for the vulnerabilities they discovered in its services.

Around $1.1 million (roughly Rs. 7 crores) every was paid for bug stories particular to Google and Android merchandise whereas Chrome awards accounted for the remainder of the Vulnerability Reward Program.

“We awarded researchers more than $1 million for vulnerabilities they found and reported in Google products, and a similar amount for Android as well. Combined with Chrome awards, we awarded nearly $3 million to researchers for their reports,” Jan Keller, a member of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP) wrote in a weblog publish.

Google Paid Out $3 Million to Bug Researchers in 2016

“We also awarded $125,000 to over 50 security researchers from all around the world through our Vulnerability Research Grants Program and $50,000 to the hard-working folks who improve the security of open-source software as part of our Patch Rewards Program,” Keller added.

The largest single cost of $112,500 (roughly Rs. 72.4 lakhs) went to impartial researcher Guang Gong for outlining an exploit chain on Pixel telephones as a part of the Android Security Rewards Program.

The Pixel was the one system that was not exploited throughout final yr’s annual “Mobile Pwn2Own” competitors and Guang’s report helped strengthen its protections additional.

“Pwn2Own” is a hacking contest held yearly on the CanSecWest safety convention the place contestants are challenged to exploit widely-used software program and cell gadgets with beforehand unknown vulnerabilities.


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