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Google rewarded $3 mn to security researchers in 2017

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Tech giant paid out almost $3 million to security researchers in 2017 as rewards for the vulnerabilities they found in its products and services.

Around $1.1 million each was paid for bug reports specific to and products while Chrome awards accounted for the rest of the Reward Program.

"We awarded researchers more than $1 million for vulnerabilities they found and reported in products, and a similar amount for as well. Combined with Chrome awards, we awarded nearly $3 million to researchers for their reports," Jan Keller, a member of Google's Reward Program (VRP) wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.

"We also awarded $125,000 to over 50 security researchers from all around the world through our Research Grants Program and $50,000 to the hard-working folks who improve the security of as part of our Patch Rewards Program," Keller added.

The largest single payment of $112,500 went to for outlining an exploit chain on phones as part of the Security Rewards Program.

The was the only device that was not exploited during last year's annual "Mobile Pwn2Own" competition and Guang's report helped strengthen its protections further.

"Pwn2Own" is a hacking contest held annually at the CanSecWest security conference where contestants are challenged to exploit widely-used software and with previously unknown vulnerabilities.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 15:38 IST