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Google Play Bug Bounty Program Debuts

Google teams up with HackerOne to create the Google Play Security Reward Program.

Google has teamed up with HackerOne to launch the Google Play Security Reward Program.

Top Google Play application developers that have opted into the program will be listed on the Google Play Security Reward program page, which currently includes such apps as Dropbox, Tinder, Snapchat, and others. Google is also including some of its own apps in the program.

Independent security researchers are required to report the vulnerability to the app developer, who then works with the researcher to resolve the flaw. After app maker pays the researcher his or her bounty and fixes the vulnerability, Google will provide the researcher an additional $1,000 bonus award.

Google already has public bug bounty programs Google Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP), Android Rewards, and Chrome Rewards in place. Under the VRP program, independent security researchers are paid anywhere from $100 to $31,337 for finding vulnerabilities in Google-developed apps, extensions, some of its hardware devices like OnHub and Nest, and on Google-owned Web properties. 

Read more about the Google Play Security Reward Program here.

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10/25/2017 | 6:55:35 AM
Bug Bounty Programs
Bug Bounty Programs are a great idea because it provides incentive for individuals with no vested interested to try and white-hat hack into applications for which they have no vested interest. It would be nice to see this premise expanded more organizations. Typcially what you will find is the amount payable for a bounty will be much less than the amount you would pay for a malicious entity exploiting the same flaw.
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