Google Now Offers to Pay People for Discovering Android App Security Issues

Google will now pay people to find bugs in Android apps which contain security issues and other problems, but there’s a catch…

It’s no secret there’s been a number of problems with apps in the Google Play Store over the past few years. So, Google is expanding its Play Security Reward Program, to offer developers bounties for finding security and other issues.

Google Offers New Android App Security Issues Bounty

Google will pay people to turn over Android apps which are plagued with things such as malware, adware, and more.

Previously, the initiative only covered the top eight apps in the Play Store. But now, it includes any app with over 100 million installs.

If a developer discovers and discloses a vulnerability to Google, he or she can claim a bounty prize of up to $30,000.

Generally, companies offer these kinds of bounties for their own programs. But, this is a bit difference. A spokesperson for Google explains, “This opens the door for security researchers to help hundreds of organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities in their apps.”

Additionally, Google will offer a bounty for uncovering apps, Chrome extensions, and OAuth projects which have “data abuse issues.” Developers who find and report such problems will receive a payment of up to $50,000.

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