Google’s Bug Bounty Payouts Grow Year Over Year

By Marcos Colon

More than 1,000 flaws have been discovered by 350 security experts hailing from 50 countries, according to a report by Dark Reading.

The company’s crowdsourced program challenges bug hunters to scour its products, such as Android and Chrome, in return for cash rewards. Thus far, it’s proven to be a successful initiative for Google, as the payouts tied to its bug bounty program have increased by 50 percent since 2015, and doubled since 2014.

Since it first introduced the Vulnerability Rewards Program in 2010, Google has awarded approximately $9 million. 

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