Since 2010, Google has often provided rewards in the form of money for people who have found security gaps in a number of Google applications and systems. This is one of the effort by Google so that users are protected from security holes and potential risks.
In the latest happenings, Google has just posted via its blog post that Google is now increasing the reward for bug hunters in the Chrome browser. The amount of the increase was amazing indeed as the maximum reward is now twofold or threefold of the original one.
For those who can find a bug in the Google Chrome browser for example, the chance to get a prize of up to 30,000 US dollars, doubled than before (US $ 15,000).
Does All Chrome Bugs Qualify for US$30,000?
But not all bugs are rewarded $30,000 as that prize is reserved for the inventor of a critical bug in Google Chrome. Google calls it high-quality reports. The criteria can be seen at the following link.
Also, please note that the prize mentioned above is the upper limit or the highest reward that can be obtained by hunter bugs in the Chrome browser.
The lower limit offered by Google for those who find a standard bug, or a less crucial bug, is 15,000 US dollars. This number tripled from the previous 5,000 US dollars. In addition to rewards in finding Chrome bugs, Google also offers prizes of up to US $ 150,000 for those who find a security hole that can exploit the Chrome OS operating system that runs on several Chromebook and Chromebox devices.
For complete information about this Google bug rewards program, users can visit the following link.
How much has Google spent for this reward program?
For additional information, since this rewards program is run by Google, so far Google has spent up to 5 million US dollars for people who have found Google’s security loopholes. The number of security holes that have been reported by these bug hunters has reached 8,500 bugs, as summarized by KompasTekno from Cnet, Sunday (07/21/2019).