Android Bug Bounty Program Paid out $550,000 Last Year

Monday Jun 20th 2016 by Developer.com Staff
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Google is increasing payouts for Android security vulnerabilities.

Last June, Google began paying bounties to researchers who discover security vulnerabilities in its Android mobile development platform. Since then, it has paid $550,000 to 82 researchers who found 250 vulnerabilities. The highest-paid participant in the program was Peter Pi, who received $75,750 for 26 vulnerabilities.

Now the company has announced that it is dramatically increasing the bounties it offers. A remote kernel exploit is now worth $30,000 instead of $20,000, and a remote exploit that leads to a compromise of verified boot now earns a bounty of $50,000, up from $20,000 last year.

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