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This article was published on July 28, 2021

Google has a new site to report bug bounties across its platforms

Google has awarded $29 million to researchers in 10 years

Google has a new site to report bug bounties across its platforms
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Google unveiled a new site called Bughunters to let security researchers easily report vulnerabilities. The new platform is now a unified place to report bugs for Google, Android, Abuse, Chrome, and Play.

Prior to having this site, the company had separate programs for each of these verticals. The new site is launched simultaneously with a project called Bug Hunter University, which will help you hone your vulnerability discovery skills.

The firm is also revamping the leaderboard for bug hunting, so that you can use it to find your next job. Plus, it explained that your open-source work could be eligible for rewards.

Google bug bounty

What’s more, Google shed light on some numbers of its bug bounty program that was launched 10 years ago. It said that to date, 2,022 researchers have found more than 11,000 bugs in companies’ various platforms. Under this vulnerability reward program (VRP), the Big G has awarded more than $29 million to these researchers. 

Last year, Facebook also revamped its bug bounty program by introducing different tiers to encourage researchers to keep finding more flaws on its platform.

You can read more about this program here.

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