Get Rs 10.7 Crore From Google Right Now By Finding Bugs In Its Android OS
Dhir Acharya - Nov 22, 2019
Google has announced a $1.5 million reward for its Android bug bounty program if someone can hack the Titan M processor on Pixel smartphones
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Search giant Google has announced a $1.5 million reward for its Android bug bounty program if someone can hack the Titan M processor on Pixel smartphones and find exploits in the Android preview versions for developers as well. So far, the greatest amount Google has paid out on its Bug Bounty Program is over Rs 1.4 crore ($200,000), according to a statement by the company on Thursday as it announced the new reward.
In the past year, the tech giant has paid out a total of about Rs 10.7 crore ($1.5 million), equal to an average reward of Rs 2,72,804 ($3,800) for each finding. This year, the greatest payout was Rs 1.15 crore ($161,337). Google has been giving rewards to those who report security holes found in Chrome for the last 9 years and raised it bug bounty fro Chrome to Rs 21.5 lakh ($30,000) in July 2019.
The rise in Google’s bug bounties follows the increase in private firms’ payouts fro Android bugs, which have gone up to Rs 17.9 crore ($2.5 million), according to a report from ZDNet. This is also the first time exploits in iOS have been worth less than those in Android on the private market.
As stated by Bugcrowd’s founder and CTO Casey Ellis, Google has increased its bounty due to the skills required for finding those kinds of vulnerabilities in its devices are rare, which is usually tied up in offensive markets.
In his emailed statement, he added that raising the incentive to hackers helps the tech giant make bug hunting more attractive to them, especially those who are standing between blackhat and whitehat.