Tech giant Google paid Nearly $3 million (roughly Rs. 19 crores) to Safety researchers in 2017 as rewards for Its vulnerabilities they Discovered in Its Own products and services.
Approximately $1.1 million (approximately Rs. 7 crores) each was paid for bug reports specific to Google and Android products while Chrome awards accounted for the rest of the Vulnerability Bonus Program.
“We given researchers over $1 million for vulnerabilities they found and reported in Google products, and a similar number for Android too. Combined with Chrome awards, we given almost $3 million to researchers for their reports,” Jan Keller, a member of Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP) wrote at a blog post.
“We awarded $125,000 to over 50 security researchers from all around the globe through our Vulnerability Research Grants Program and $50,000 to the hard-working folks who improve the safety of open-source software as part of our Patch Rewards Program,” Keller added.
The biggest single charge of $112,500 (roughly Rs. 72.4 lakhs) moved into separate researcher Guang Gong for outlining an entry chain on Pixel phones as part of their Android Security Rewards Program.
The Pixel was the only device that wasn’t exploited during last year’s annual “Mobile Pwn2Own” competition and Guang’s report helped fortify its protections farther.